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Extraordinary musicianship

I cannot rave enough about Ashkenazy's performances of Scriabin's sonatas, especially the late ones. His performance of the 5th sonata is unparalleled in my opinion, and that is reason enough to buy this CD. Ashkenazy's tone is rich and gorgeous for Scriabin. If you like Scriabin, then do yourself a favor and get this CD.


Mr. Ashkenazy does such a wonderful job with these pieces. Scriabin is a quintessential Russian composer, and sadly these pieces are not played as much as they deserve to be in concert. The Sonata has always been a platform for composers to show their unique style, sound, and genius; all of which Mr. Ashkenazy captured beautifully in this recording. Scriabin's 3rd sonata is his most famous and well known, but every piece here really is quite stunning. I have found that when I have a headache that Ibuprofen can't touch, all that I have to do is put this album on and almost immediately it is gone. Scriabin's sonatas are very complicated pieces that often push the edge of what we consider aesthetically pleasing, and yet at the same time they remain in that realm of acoustic delight that makes me listen to them over and over again.


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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Scriabin: The Piano Sonatas, Vladimir Ashkenazy
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: Jun 02, 1997

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