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Posted October 1, 2010
My interest in classical music is confined mostly to solo keyboard - JS Bach and Beethoven to be even more specific. The first recording I ever purchased was of Ashkenazy playing Beethoven's Moonlight, Apassionata and Pathetique sonatas recommended to me by a sales clerk back in 1985. It was a revelation. Over the years I have listened to many different performances of Beethoven's keyboard works -including a live series by Richard Goode at the 92nd St Y in NYC. In my opinion no one comes close to Ashkenazy. This recording lends further support. I have been listening to it over and over in the car on my way to and from work or just driving around town for the last couple months - alternately marveling at Beethoven's compositions and Askenazy's mastery of them. Ashkenazy turned 70 a month before this was released. The elegance and genius of his mature years are reminiscent of another Vladimir - Horowitz - who is unrivaled when it comes to Mozart. This recording should not be missed.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.