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A little too fierce

Many of these performances draw attention to themselves too much through erratic tempos and overdone drama. The Appassionata is a perfect example. A lovely interpretation of the Andante is followed by a severely rushed and occasionally slurred final movement. Others, however, are more precise, such as the Waldstein and Tempest. Overall a good recording, but it should not be the only one you have.

Comment of a less than mediocre pianist

I admit I'm overwhelmed by the mystique Askenazy & Rubinstein as interpreters of Beethoven and Chopin. Maybe this causes a hearing deficiency, but I don't sense the erratic tempi or overdone drama; this is apart of his unique interpretation. I find his interpretations very valid and enjoyable. I agree, this should not be your only recording of these masterpieces; there are just too many great ones out there. But in your search beware the French, German, Italian and Russian interpreters, each is very different; but I feel they are valid interpretations. Don't close your ears and soul to something different, learn to enjoy each on its own merit.


Born: July 6, 1937 in Gorki, Russia

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Vladimir Davidovich Ashkenazy was born in Gorky, USSR, on July 6, 1937. His parents were both professional pianists and taught him piano beginning at age six. His father was a non-observant Russian Jew, and his mother was a Russian of (Christian) Orthodox faith. After his debut in Moscow at the tender age of eight, Ashkenazy was subsequently put on track for a musical career and enrolled in Moscow's Central Music School. His regular piano teacher there was Anaida Sumbatian. In 1955 he entered the...
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Beethoven: Favourite Piano Sonatas, Vladimir Ashkenazy
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  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: Jul 07, 1997

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