Debussy, Ravel: Music for Two Pianos

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
With this disc, Vladimir Ashkenazy, celebrated for his readings of Rachmaninoff and Chopin, and his son, Vovka, take on music by Debussy and Ravel for two pianos, and the results, utterly unlike virtually anything Ashkenazy père has ever recorded before, make it a real winner. From the electric excitement of the opening "En blanc et noir," through the hazy mysteries of "Jeux," and the luminous colors of the "Rapsodie espagnole," to the inexorable hysteria of "La Valse," Ashkenazy père and fils turn in performances that match the music for poise, drive, and technical brilliance. Some might find their sonorities a bit hard-edged at points -- should the opening of "En blanc ...
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All Music Guide - James Leonard
With this disc, Vladimir Ashkenazy, celebrated for his readings of Rachmaninoff and Chopin, and his son, Vovka, take on music by Debussy and Ravel for two pianos, and the results, utterly unlike virtually anything Ashkenazy père has ever recorded before, make it a real winner. From the electric excitement of the opening "En blanc et noir," through the hazy mysteries of "Jeux," and the luminous colors of the "Rapsodie espagnole," to the inexorable hysteria of "La Valse," Ashkenazy père and fils turn in performances that match the music for poise, drive, and technical brilliance. Some might find their sonorities a bit hard-edged at points -- should the opening of "En blanc et noir" and the close of "La Valse" really be hit so strongly? -- but the results are so consistently thrilling that most listeners are likely to be swept away. Recorded in close but clear and vivid digital sound, this disc may not be for every Debussy and Ravel fan, but it should certainly appeal to fans of Ashkenazy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/25/2009
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 028947810902
  • Catalog Number: 1154110

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Disc 1
  1. 1–3 En blanc et noir, for 2 pianos, L. 134 - Claude Debussy & Vladimir Ashkenazy (14:53)
  2. 2 Jeux, ballet, L. 126 - Claude Debussy & Vladimir Ashkenazy (16:32)
  3. 3 Lindaraja, for 2 pianos, L. 97 - Claude Debussy & Vladimir Ashkenazy (5:52)
  4. 4 Sites auriculaires, for 2 pianos: Entre cloches - Maurice Ravel & Vladimir Ashkenazy (2:43)
  5. 7–10 Rhapsodie espagnole, for orchestra (or 2 pianos) - Maurice Ravel & Vladimir Ashkenazy (14:48)
  6. 8 La valse, poème choréographique for piano or 2 pianos - Maurice Ravel & Vladimir Ashkenazy (11:07)
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Vladimir Ashkenazy Primary Artist
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