There's much to admire about Vladimir Ashkenazy's first recording of Beethoven's Diabelli Variations. His Beethoven style is more forthright and sharply contoured than in the past.
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- Variations (33) on a waltz by Diabelli, for piano in C major ("Diabelli Variations"), Op. 120 - Ludwig van Beethoven - Vladimir Ashkenazy - Christopher Pope - Paul Mitchell
- Variations (12) on a Russian Dance from Wranitzky's "Das Waldmädchen," for piano in A major, WoO 71 - Ludwig van Beethoven - Vladimir Ashkenazy - Christopher Pope - Paul Mitchell
Performance CreditsVladimir Ashkenazy Primary Artist
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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.