«Ashkenazy Plays Chopin»
|Frédéric François Chopin||
Waltz No. 6 in D flat major, Op. 64 No. 1 'Minute Waltz' (Valse du petit chien, Little Dog's Waltz),
Mazurka No. 36 in A minor, Op. 59 No. 1,
Mazurka No. 35 in C minor, Op. 56 No. 3,
Waltz No. 2 in A flat major 'Grande Valse Brillante', Op. 34 No. 1,
Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60,
Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58,
Études (12), Op. 25,
Études (12), Op. 10.
Vladimir Ashkenazy (Piano).
Vladimir Ashkenazy has made several recordings of works by Chopin, and for some compositions he has recorded the same works more than once. Some pianophiles treasure Vladimir Ashkenazy’s 1959/60 traversal of the études above all others. In public piano performances, Vladimir Ashkenazy’s work is rich in coloristic variety and hard-driven as these technique-testing works must be, Mr. Ashkenazy’s performances are passionate and fiery, but an important part of this pianist’s appeal has always been that finger power is only half the story, you always have the sense of a keen intellect at work, even in pieces (like the «Black Keys» and «Winter Wind» Études) that may appear to exert a purely visceral appeal.