Vladimir Ashkenazy - Chopin - Etudes Op 10 And Op 25
Format: Vinyl, Stereo LP
Record is VG++
Cover has cornerwear and ringwear
Country: Canada Issue
A1 Etudes Op 10: No. 1 In C Major
A2 Etudes Op 10: No. 2 In A Minor
A3 Etudes Op 10: No. 3 In E Major
A4 Etudes Op 10: No. 4 In C Sharp Minor
A5 Etudes Op 10: No. 5 In G Flat Major ("Black Keys")
A6 Etudes Op 10: No. 6 In E Flat Minor
A7 Etudes Op 10: No. 7 In C Major
A8 Etudes Op 10: No. 8 In F Major
A9 Etudes Op 10: No. 9 In F Minor
A10 Etudes Op 10: No. 10 In A Flat Major
A11 Etudes Op 10: No. 11 In E Flat Major
A12 Etudes Op 10: No. 12 In C Minor ("Revolutionary")
B1 Etudes Op 25: No. 1 In A Flat Major
B2 Etudes Op 25: No. 2 In F Minor
B3 Etudes Op 25: No. 3 In F Major
B4 Etudes Op 25: No. 4 In A Minor
B5 Etudes Op 25: No. 5 In E Minor
B6 Etudes Op 25: No. 6 In G Sharp Minor
B7 Etudes Op 25: No. 7 In C Sharp Minor
B8 Etudes Op 25: No. 8 In D Flat Major
B9 Etudes Op 25: No. 9 In G Flat Major
B10 Etudes Op 25: No. 10 In B Minor
B11 Etudes Op 25: No. 11 In A Minor ("Winter Wind")
B12 Etudes Op 25: No. 12 In C Minor
I am a bit of a nut with certain aspects of the piano repertoire. For example, I have 6 different complete sets of Opp. 10 and 25. Two by Cortot, two by Ashkenazy, Pollini, and Perahia.
For sheer pianistic perfection, I tend to gravitate to this recording made in 1975.
I've listened to many recordings. While I do have a soft spot for Tamas Vasary and Yuki Matsuzawa's recordings of the Etudes, Vladimir Ashkenazy's playing edges them out..
Ashkenazy taught the world how to play the Chopin Etudes when this recording was issued. Forget about technique. Of course Ashkenazy has technique to the outer limits ... so do hundreds of other pianists. What this recording projects is the incredible depth of emotions and interpretations that make us realize what this music (and it is music, not exercises) is all about.
Definitive, to say the least. Listen to any other traversals and they leave you wanting more, knowing there is more. Not with Ashkenazy. The only recording that also does it is Lortie's. And why? Because he copied Ashkenazy's performances. That's the effect this monumental recording has had
Vladimir Ashkenazy Chopin No.1 etüde
He is putting all of himself into this- throwing his entire weight into the keyboard. He is fully in the service of the piece, which is why (if you can tell) it sounds amazing and is considered a monumental recording.