Russian Fantasy

Russian Fantasy

by Vovka AshkenazyVovka Ashkenazy

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Overview

The father-and-son team of Vladimir and Vovka Ashkenazy recorded an unusual group of French Impressionist two-piano pieces, and even for this collection of Russian favorites they manage to diverge from the norm. The elder Ashkenazy has studiously avoided trying to turn his son into a clone of himself, and that effort even continues here: it is really Vovka who controls the turns of events, not Vladimir. Only two pieces on the program are duo piano works, the early "Suite No. 1 for two pianos, Op. 5," of Rachmaninov, and the short "Fantasy in A minor for two pianos" of Scriabin. The rest of the music is arranged from orchestral originals by Vovka, in one case in collaboration with Sergey Lyapunov. It's not a case of lead and subsidiary pianos, but the arrangements are crafted so as to give equal time to each player, and the whole tends to reflect Vovka's somewhat more subdued style; this is emphatically not a Vladimir Ashkenazy showcase. The whole thing is artfully done, with Borodin's "Polovtsian Dances" from "Prince Igor," not a work especially suited to piano transcription, substituting a range of piano interactions for the vivid orchestral colors. An enjoyable walk through some familiar Russian tunes, turning the problem of celebrity into a way of keeping the music fresh.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/24/2012
Label: Decca
UPC: 0028947829409
catalogNumber: 001641602
Rank: 177236

Tracks

  1. Prince Igor, opera (completed by Rimsky-Korsakov & Glazunov): Polovtsian Dances. Allegro con spirito
  2. Prince Igor, opera (completed by Rimsky-Korsakov & Glazunov): Polovtsian Dances. Presto
  3. Prince Igor, opera (completed by Rimsky-Korsakov & Glazunov): Polovtsian Dances. Moderato alla breve
  4. Night on Bald Mountain (Noch' na Lïsoy gore), symphonic poem, edited by Rimsky-Korsakov
  5. Prince Igor, opera (completed by Rimsky-Korsakov & Glazunov): Polovtsian Dances. Presto
  6. Prince Igor, opera (completed by Rimsky-Korsakov & Glazunov): Polovtsian Dances. Allegro
  7. Prince Igor, opera (completed by Rimsky-Korsakov & Glazunov): Polovtsian Dances. Allegro vivo
  8. Prince Igor, opera (completed by Rimsky-Korsakov & Glazunov): Polovtsian Dances. Introduzione: Andantino
  9. Fantasy for 2 pianos in A minor
  10. Valse-Fantaisie, for piano in B minor, G. vi193
  11. Suite No. 1 ("Fantaisie-tableaux") for 2 pianos in G minor, Op. 5

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