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Vladimir Ashkenazy: The First Recordings



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Vladimir Ashkenazy was born in 1937 in Gorky, then in the Soviet Union (now Nizhny
Novgorod, Russia). T hree years later his family moved to Moscow. When, in 1955, he was
the youngest of five Soviet pianists to be allowed to travel to Warsaw to take part in the
International Chopin Piano Competition, Ashkenazy was by no means regarded as a child
prodigy at the Moscow Conservatory where he was by then studying piano. Nonetheless,
his performance secured him second place and subsequently the particular attention of
Soviet cultural circles. That attention proved justified when, a year later, Ashkenazy won
the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Brussels, as a result of which he was able to
gain his first experience of extended international tours. His reputation was finally
cemented in 1962 when he won the world-renowned International Tchaikovsky
Competition. In 1963 the Soviet authorities allowed him and his family to spend six
months in London, at the end of which they settled permanently there.
Vladimir Ashkenazy is regarded as the most exceptional pianist of his generation.
Facts
Item number PH19030
Barcode 881488190304
Release date 02/08/2019
Category Piano
Label Profil
Media type CD
Number of units 4
Performers
Artists Ashkenazy, Vladimir
Composers Chopin, Frédéric
Liszt, Franz
Rachmaninoff, Sergei
Prokofiev, Sergei
Beethoven, Ludwig van
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