Robert & Clara Schumann - Lieder - Barbara Bonney & Vladimir Ashkenazy [1997]

Robert & Clara Schumann - Lieder - Barbara Bonney & Vladimir Ashkenazy [1997]
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Covers | 1cd, 257 MB
Classical | Label: Decca | Catalog Number: 452898 | TT: 1:11;06

Barbara Bonney's recital of the Schumanns' songs is prefaced, in the booklet-note, with a little feminist homily from the singer defending the reputation of Clara as woman and artist. Clara hardly needs that kind of defence nowadays, witness recent CDs by Skovhus and Stutzmann, plus several others not reviewed in these pages; her songs are far from patronized, let alone neglected. Yet, for all the advocacy of these singers, her inspiration remains for me intermittent, though thoroughly conventional songs are occasionally leavened by notably individual ones, such as, here, her very last and unpublished song, Loreley, which vividly conjures up that dangerous creature, particu lady in the hectic piano part, evocatively played by Ashkenazy. Indeed it seems that Heine most inspired her, as "Sic liebten sich beide" from her Op. 13 provoked a setting of economically intense meaning, to which Bonney finely responds.
– Gramophone [9/1997].
Vladimir Ashkenazy, Itzhak Perlman, Lynn Harrell - Beethoven: Piano Trios, Vol.1 (2003) (Repost)

Vladimir Ashkenazy, Itzhak Perlman, Lynn Harrell - BeethovenЖ Piano Trios, Vol.1 (2003)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:11:50 | 529 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI classics | Catalog: 7243585493

If these performances of Beethoven's earlier Piano Trios by Itzhak Perlman, Vladimir Ashkenazy, and Lynn Harrell are suave and sophisticated with a soupçon of sentimentality, well, that's what modern performance practice was like in the '80s. And if that sounds like an appealing manner in which to perform Beethoven's earlier Piano Trios, this is the recording to hear. Perlman, Ashkenazy, and Harrell lean into Beethoven's music, singing everything grandly, sounding everything gloriously, and souping everything up completely. One might argue that Beethoven's Piano Trios, Op. 1, are too Viennese High Classical to respond well to their approach, that the works seem more maimed and mauled then persuasively performed, but one cannot deny that Perlman, Ashkenazy, and Harrell put every iota of their expressivity and virtuosity into their overpowering performances. EMI's early digital sound has been pleasantly remastered for this CD reissue.

Vladimir & Dimitri Ashkenazy - Father & Son (2014)  Vinyl & HR

Posted by SERTiL at Nov. 6, 2016
Vladimir & Dimitri Ashkenazy - Father & Son (2014)

Vladimir & Dimitri Ashkenazy - Father & Son
Classical | FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | 53:46 min | 474 MB | Digital booklet
Label: Paladino Music (PMR0030) | Tracks: 14 | 2014

Father & Son' is the first complete album of Dimitri and Vladimir Ashkenazy as a duo available internationally. Dimitri Ashkenazy selected some of his favorite fantasies and fantasy pieces, and besides all-time hits such as Schumann's Opus 73, there is music by the Swiss Romantic Johann Carl Eschmann to discover. A must for every music-lover!

Vladimir Ashkenazy - Shostakovich: Complete Symphonies (2007)  Music

Posted by Pisulik at Oct. 23, 2016
Vladimir Ashkenazy - Shostakovich: Complete Symphonies (2007)

Vladimir Ashkenazy - Shostakovich: Complete Symphonies (2007)
XLD Rip | FLAC (Tracks) +cue, log, artworks -3 gb |MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 1.8 gb | 12:37:45
Classical | Label: Decca | Release Year: 2007

The objective manner may disappoint those who remember Ashkenazy's more flamboyant pianism but this kind of plain-spoken Shostakovich could make a good benchmark library choice. The conscientious avoidance of either high gloss of interpretative point-scoring is carried over into the three new performances produced in-house by the NHK Symphony, an orchestra with which Ashkenazy has been associated as music director and latterly conductor laureate.
Mozart - Piano Concertos: Nos. 9, 12, 26 (Uchida, Ashkenazy, Francesch) (2013/1989-90)

Mozart - Piano Concertos: Nos. 9, 12, 26 (Uchida, Ashkenazy, Francesch) (2013/1989-90)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 6.89 Gb (DVD9) | 95 min
Classical | EuroArts

Mozart, who composed 21 piano concerti, can be regarded as the “inventor” of the popular piano concerto. Although J.S. Bach and his son had written numerous concerti for harpsichord or fortepiano and orchestra before him, Mozart’s enormous input to the genre is mostly due to his concerti being regarded as ‘popular music’ by his contemporaries: to be enjoyed and quickly replaced by newer works. For this series on four DVDs, the most influential, the most artistically challenging and the most popular piano concerti have been selected to be performed by the best Mozart interpreters of our time. Volume I features pianists Mitsuko Uchida, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Homero Francesch each performing a concerto representing a different stage in Mozart's life. The performances on this DVD were shot in highly attractive baroque venues – at the Mozarteum, Salzburg, in Hampton Court Palace, London and in the Christian-Zais-Saal, Wiesbaden – capturing the atmosphere of a performance in Mozart’s lifetime.
Kabalevsky: Cello Concerto No. 2; Khachaturian: Cello Concerto; Rachmaninov: Vocalise (1995) [Lidstrom, Ashkenazy]

Dmitri Kabalevsky: Cello Concerto No. 2; Aram Khachaturian: Cello Concerto; Sergei Rachmaninov: Vocalise (1995)
Mats Lidström, cello; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Vladimir Ashkenazy, conductor & piano
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 277 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 202 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-CD-719 | Time: 01:05:28

Mats Lidström is that rare thing, an original musician. The sheer mercurial energy which drives his performances can be both engaging and disturbing, but there is always a searching intelligence at work. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra lost much when its compelling, if unpredictable, lead cellist departed. These two concertos show him at his persuasive best, bringing lesser known works to life. Kabalevsky’s 1964 Concerto stretches and yawns with slow pizzicato before springing into urgent life. Sub-Shostakovich in its motifs and tonality, it is nevertheless well-constructed and uses the saxophone to great effect. In both Allegro movements Lidström achieves a lightning speed and attack and, though Raphael Wallfisch’s recording on Nimbus has a more solid beauty of tone, the Swede’s nervous anticipation makes up for the thinner sound of his Grancino cello. Khachaturian’s 1946 Concerto would make a wonderful soundtrack to a cinematic faux-Oriental extravaganza, with its twisting major and minor intervals, and almost sleazy chromaticism. Lidström really knows how to swing, and makes the most of the memorable melodies.
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto, Etc - Ehnes, Ashkenazy, Sydney Symphony (2011)

Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto, Etc - Ehnes, Ashkenazy, Sydney Symphony (2011)
X Lossless Decoder | Flac (Tracks + cue + log) | 1 CD | Full Scans | 304 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Onyx | Catalog Number: 4076

After his acclaimed recording of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, for Onyx Classics, and current Gramophone CD of the Month [on Chandos], James Ehnes once again collaborates with Vladimir Ashkenazy for a Tchaikovsky programme, recorded live in Sydney. This CD contains Tchaikovsky’s complete works for violin and orchestra, plus a delightful bonus of the 'Souvenir d’un lieu cher' accompanied by Ashkenazy on piano.
Josef Suk by Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy - Asrael (2009) [Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Josef Suk performed by Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy - Asrael (2009)
FLAC tracks 24bit/96kHz | Front Cover | 1.11GB + 5% Recovery
Studio Master, Official Digital Download, Ondine

Along with the increasing frequency that Josef Suk's Symphony in C minor, Op. 27, "Asrael," is performed and recorded, it's great to see it has finally been released as a hybrid SACD. Though the legendary 1952 recording by Vaclav Talich remains the ne plus ultra for devotees of this searing symphonic requiem, it was recorded in mono, and by virtue of its technology has become a historical document that will be sought out mostly by aficionados. Newcomers to Suk's towering work will be aided in appreciation by the fact that Ondine's DSD recording is as clear and deep as always, and none of the details of the elaborate score are lost.
Esther Yoo & Vladimir Ashkenazy - Sibelius & Glazunov: Violin Concertos (2016) [TR24][OF]

Esther Yoo & Vladimir Ashkenazy - Sibelius & Glazunov: Violin Concertos
Classical | FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | 66:57 min | 1.14 GB | Front Cover
Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Tracks: 08 | 2016

Vladimir Ashkenazy collaborates with Esther Yoo in a new recording of Sibelius and Glazunov Violin Concertos with the Philharmonia Orchestra. Yoo first came to international attention in 2010 when, aged 16, she became the youngest prize-winner of the 10th International Sibelius Violin Competition. She made her London debut in 2014, performing Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3 under the late Lorin Maazel at Royal Festival Hall. That same year, she was a soloist on the Philharmonia’s South America tour under Ashkenazy.
Vladimir Ashkenazy - Shostakovich: Piano Trios Nos. 1 & 2; Viola Sonata (2016)

Vladimir Ashkenazy - Shostakovich: Piano Trios Nos. 1 & 2; Viola Sonata (2016)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:07:09 | 160 MB
Label: Decca

As a young man in Moscow in the early 1960s Vladimir Ashkenazy was invited by Shostakovich to play a private performance of the Piano Trio No 2 in the composers apartment.