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HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Decca) Ashkenazy plays Chopin – Piano Concerto No. 2, Sonata No. 2


Side A of this record offers a scintillating version of Chopin`s second concerto. Ashkenazy demonstrates a stunning command of the virtuoso sections of the outer movements. The second movement is a joy to behold: his heartfelt lingerings over the more ravishing parts of the middle movement evoke pure emotion beyond words. David Zinman and the excellent London players are on the same par as the pianist. On side B the Piano Sonata No. 2, a Nocturne and a Mazurka, all performed live, with energy and impressive techniques with a stunning “Marche Funèbre”. Over all, the sound quality is impeccable. A Chopin record to love!

Composer: Frederic Chopin
Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor:
David Zinman
Vinyl 1978

Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 2.37 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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HD-Vinyl 192/96/44 (London) Jean Sibelius – Symphony No. 4/Luonnotar/Finlandia (Söderström/Ashkenazy)

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Another great THANK YOU to Jean-Luc for this gem
If sonic splendour were the sole criterion, Vladimir Ashkenazy’s Sibelius symphony cycle with the Philharmonia would win every prize going. Only the spectacularly natural results obtained by the BIS technicians for Osmo Vänskä and the Lahti SO come close to matching the lustrous realism of these truthfully balanced Decca productions (all except the First and Sixth benefit from the glowing acoustic of London’s much-missed Kingsway Hall). Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Philharmonia Orchestra recorded Sibelius’s symphonies and tone poem works in the 1970’s and 1980’s, and they are all excellent performances and highly regarded. I’ve had this particular disc for many years, and have enjoyed it greatly. Penguin continues to include these performances as one of their ‘recommended’ recordings, saying that ‘Ashkenazy by temperament brings out the expressive warmth, colour and drama of the composer rather than his Scandinavian chill, reflecting perhaps his Slavonic background”, going on to say that the recordings “are full and rich as well as brilliant, most of them still of demonstration quality. A rich and strong, consistently enjoyable cycle”. Penguin concludes that they are their top alternative recommendation, following the cycle from Colin Davis (Sir Colin Davis conducts Sibelius)

Composer: Jean Sibelius
Performer: Elisabeth Söderström
Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy
Vinyl 1981
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: London
DR-Analysis:
DR 15
Size: 1.85 GB/950 MB/211 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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Ashkenazy/Kertesz/LSO – Mozart: Piano Concertos 8 & 9 (original UK pressing)

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# Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: István Kertész
# Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Decca Records | SXL 6259
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.55GB), 24-bit/96kHz (794MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (189MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Sergei Rachmaninov – Songs, Volume 2 (Söderström/Ashkenazy)

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All thanks for these gems go to
Jean-Luc
Rachmaninov’s Songs are absolute classics that deserve to be in the collection of any and every music-lover – it just so transcends not only the boundaries of Lieder but also of all classical music, period! Yes, it may be expensive but it’s worth every last penny! Original keys or not, the quality of the artistry and the obvious devotion of the performers to every aspect of these glorious songs is so magisterial as to make most competition to be redundant (only singers like Vishñévskaja or Khvorostóvskiy can really consistently match Söderström in every last one of these Lieder!!). Do not hesitate to GET IT.

Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Elisabeth Söderström, Vladimir Ashkenazy
Vinyl 1976
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: DR12
Size: 797 MB
Scan: yes
Server:
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Sergei Rachmaninov – Songs, Volume 1 (Söderström/Ashkenazy)

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All thanks for these gems go to
Jean-Luc
Rachmaninov’s Songs are absolute classics that deserve to be in the collection of any and every music-lover – it just so transcends not only the boundaries of Lieder but also of all classical music, period! Yes, it may be expensive but it’s worth every last penny! Original keys or not, the quality of the artistry and the obvious devotion of the performers to every aspect of these glorious songs is so magisterial as to make most competition to be redundant (only singers like Vishñévskaja or Khvorostóvskiy can really consistently match Söderström in every last one of these Lieder!!). Do not hesitate to GET IT.

Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Elisabeth Söderström, Vladimir Ashkenazy
Vinyl 1975
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: DR12
Size: 1.04 GB
Scan: yes
Server:
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Sergei Rachmaninov – Two Suites For Two Pianos (Ashkenazy, Previn)

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Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for another piano gem
Outstanding!!!!! Both, music and performances!!!
Vladimir Ashkenazy and Andre Previn give bold, exciting performances of these Rachnaninov showpieces. Every selection, in my opinion, is performed magnificently. Unless you are a devotee of other pianists in this repertoire, I highly recommend these recordings. Rachmaninov was a fabulous pianist and the two piano suites is truly a delight. Ashkenazy and Previn seem really in tune with one another and with the music – as if they’re having FUN with it.

Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy, André Previn
Vinyl (1975)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis:
DR 14
Size: 893 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Sergei Rachmaninov – All Piano Concerti (Ashkenazy/Previn)

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These are brilliant performances of Sergei Rachmaninov’s four piano concertos! Pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy originally recorded them with the London Symphony Orchestra and conductor Andre Previn at Kingsway Hall in London in 1972. Ashkenazy demonstrates superb artistry and musicianship on this box set, playing each concerto with extraordinary warmth and expressiveness. The LSO’s accompaniment is outstanding in both its poetry and precision. I found the slow movement of Concerto No. 3 to be particularly enjoyable for its depth of feeling. The sound is absolutely outstanding, aided by the warm ambience of Kingsway Hall. Awarded a three-star rating (signifying “an outstanding performance and recording in every way,”) by the “Penguin Guide to Compact Discs,” this set should not be missed my any fan of Rachmaninov’s music.

Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestre: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: André Previn
Vinyl (1972)
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: 14
Size: 3.03 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Sergej Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto No. 2 (Ashkenazy/Kondrashin)

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Thank you very much Jean-Luc
Beeing myself Rachmaninov 😉 I cannot comment properly….
OK, jokes apart, I want to give the ball to you all, because I’ve heard so many interpreters of Rachmaninov’s concerti, that I’m afraid, I wouldn’t be neutral. Let me say, this is a melanconic Rachmaninov played by a very young Ashkenazy and the sound is quiet good. Enjoy!

# Composer: Sergej Rachmaninov
# Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy
# Orchestra: Moscow Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Kyril Kondrashin
# Vinyls (1964)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# Label: Decca
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# Size: 1.01 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (London) Sergej Rachmaninov – Piano Sonata No. 2 (Ashkenazy)

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All thanks for this gift go to Jean-Luc
Ashkenazy’s performance of the 2nd Rachmaninov sonata is much more gratifying than Horowitz’s, in part because he plays the earlier version of this piece.
The Etudes are fantastic, played with sensitivity and with those deliberate and well-thought out interpretations which make Ahskenazy such a wonderful performer. He’s also able to play with amazing voicing, making the entire set sound amazingly clear from top to bottom.

# Composer: Sergej Rachmaninov
# Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy
# Vinyl (1982)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: London (Decca)
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# Size: 1.79 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyl 96/24 (EMI) Grieg/Franck – Piano Concerto/Symphonic Variations (Ortiz/Ashkenazy)


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# Composer: Edward Grieg, Cesar Franck
# Performer: Cristina Ortiz
# Orchestra: Philarmonia Orchestra
# Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy
# Vinyl (1980)
# Format: Flac
# Label: EMI
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# ASIN CD: not found
# Size: 1.11 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server:
FF

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