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Vladimir Ashkenazy retires #2936085 01/19/20 11:23 PM
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Re: Vladimir Ashkenazy retires [Re: kbrod1] #2936108 01/20/20 12:45 AM
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Such a phenomenal pianist. I hope he has a long and happy retirement.

Re: Vladimir Ashkenazy retires [Re: johnstaf] #2936170 01/20/20 06:54 AM
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Originally Posted by johnstaf
Such a phenomenal pianist. I hope he has a long and happy retirement.


I agree on both counts. I was lucky to have seen Ashkenazy twice in concert. The first was as a recitalist in Boston in December of 1990 where he fabulously played Brahms' Handel Variations. The second was just in 2017 in Cleveland where he conducted Elgar's Enigma Variations. His treatment of the Nimrod variation (a reflection on friendship) brought me to tears.


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He has always been one of my favorite pianists, but a line from this article on a non-musical subject caught my eye:

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Famous for wearing a white turtleneck at the podium and piano, instead of the standard shirt and tie,....


I only attended one recital by Ashkenazy--in the 1960's in New York--and members of the audience commented afterwards about what he was wearing. No, he wasn't wearing a white turtleneck. He wore a suit and tie, but the standard attire at the time was the more formal white tie and tails, so his suit and tie identified him as a bit of a rebel.

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Originally Posted by Hank M
He has always been one of my favorite pianists, but a line from this article on a non-musical subject caught my eye:

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Famous for wearing a white turtleneck at the podium and piano, instead of the standard shirt and tie,....


I only attended one recital by Ashkenazy--in the 1960's in New York--and members of the audience commented afterwards about what he was wearing. No, he wasn't wearing a white turtleneck. He wore a suit and tie, but the standard attire at the time was the more formal white tie and tails, so his suit and tie identified him as a bit of a rebel.


The first time I saw him in recital, it was a black (or navy) turtleneck. It was a bit of an eye-opener for, at the time (as in Hank M's experience), standard concert attire was white tie and tails.

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He has a kind face (and seemed to have a kind personality too)!

Was it Pletnev who used to wear Japanese designer suits on stage? (Oh I think it's Leif Ove Andsnes?)

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Czerny Variation on a theme by Rode
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Re: Vladimir Ashkenazy retires [Re: kbrod1] #2936287 01/20/20 01:54 PM
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Ashkenazy made a nice and not too difficult transcription(although there is quite a bit of two against three played with the RH alone) of Rachmaninov's song How Fair This Spot. Please send me a PM with your email address if you'd like it. Here is his recording of this piece. The information on the recording says the transcription if by anonymous but according to the magazine where this was published, the transcription is by Ashkenazy.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcFhW1jBqOU

Re: Vladimir Ashkenazy retires [Re: kbrod1] #2936313 01/20/20 02:56 PM
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Fortunately for all of us, there is little in the piano repertoire that Ashkenazy didn't record. His interpretations aren't always my absolute favorites, but they are always very, very good. I'm sure his retirement will be full of wonderful music.


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Re: Vladimir Ashkenazy retires [Re: kbrod1] #2936372 01/20/20 04:42 PM
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He's been around so long and been such a prolific recording artist that people take him for granted. Probably because he's always reliable (he doesn't cancel concerts on a whim, for example).

His Rach and Prokofiev concertos are still among the best (better than one recent Tchaikovsky winner's), his Mozart concertos are my preferred big-band versions, several of his Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin sonatas are still up there with the best around, as are his Schumann and Rachmaninov, and even Ravel solo works. And I learnt my Sibelius, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov symphonies from his recordings. (It's worth looking up his TV documentary he made with Christopher Nupen on Sibelius - after watching it, I had to visit Finland and Ainola.......with his cassette tapes in my Walkman, of course:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3bDgJJhnes ).

I heard him talk about the "Russian soul" once, and his recordings of Russian music demonstrate it more than almost any other musician, even though he's lived most of his life outside USSR/Russia. And he's recorded pieces that few others have played, including Shostakovich's Piano Sonata No.2. And this CD introduced me to Taneyev's marvellous Op.29 (which I then learnt, and remains the only P & F in my rep):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpCM1K7daEE


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Re: Vladimir Ashkenazy retires [Re: kbrod1] #2936393 01/20/20 05:50 PM
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I too, was lucky to hear him live in recital when he was still a touring pianist and not into his conducting phase. He played "Gaspard" as I recall. His repertoire has been wide ranging from his early concentration on Chopin and Rachmaninoff to Bach in his latter years. Not much by way of Spanish or the early French school though.
Still, a dependable interpreter on the keyboard, and his playing was so marvelous with endless technique.
His conducting also masterful, I have his recording of Rach's Symphony No. 2 that is fabulous.
His duo recording of Mussorsgy's Pictures featuring the piano original, then his own orchestral transcription is fascinating.


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Re: Vladimir Ashkenazy retires [Re: kbrod1] #2936759 01/21/20 02:23 PM
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I've listened to Ashkenazy's recordings of him either conducting or playing piano. Either way, he's the real deal! Sad news, but he deserves the rest.

I have recordings of him playing piano for Rachmaninoff's Third Concerto in D minor (with André Previn), Beethoven's Fourth Concerto in G major (with Zubin Mehta), and him conducting Anton Rubinstein's Fourth Concerto in D minor (with Shura Cherkassky on the piano).


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Some of my favorite composers: Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Liszt, Edvard Grieg, Edward MacDowell.
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He's over 80 now, so he has earned his retirement at least. I used his Rachmaninov preludes CD a lot some years ago.


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