50 YEARS ON: NELSON FREIRE RETURNS TO BRAHMS’ F MINOR PIANO SONATA

Nelson Freire made his recording debut with the Brahms F minor sonata in 1967. Now, half a century later, he returns to this monumental work.

This recital presents a portrait of Brahms across his entire oeuvre for solo piano, culminating in a selection of the celebrated late intermezzi.

BACH: French Suites

As one of the most renowned and revered pianists of our time, Vladimir Ashkenazy has won acclaim for his penetrating insight and superlative technique. As an artist, his creative life encompasses a vast range of activities and he continues to offer inspiration to music-lovers across the world. His brand new album of Bach’s six French Suites continues Ashkenazy’s extraordinary journey through the major keyboard works of JS Bach.

Ashkenazy remarks, “It was a privilege to do more Bach, and I tried to have as clear a sound as possible. The music is transparent, and Bach’s own instrument was terribly clear, so this has to be taken into account in pieces where there are lower bass lines, and a more involved texture. I use very few ornaments and don’t think of the sound of the harpsichord – the piano is what we have today. What I try to do is play on what we have today, and make the combination of voices as clear as possible”.

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The Complete Concerto Recordings

Decca has compiled a major new collection of Ashkenazy’s Complete Concerto Recordings – featuring every concerto recording he made for the label as a pianist, plus a previously unpublished Mozart K488. As well as new essays, there are 46 CDs in original jackets with printed spines, in chronological order allowing listeners to follow the development of the artist over his prolific career recording exclusively for Decca. The set contains three Beethoven cycles, including the Grammy-winning recordings with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Sir Georg Solti (1973), two Rachmaninov cycles, and the Prokofiev, Brahms, Bartók and Mozart cycles. There are also 2 DVDs featuring Ashkenazy’s 1974 recordings with Bernard Haitink of the complete Beethoven Piano Concertos with extra documentary footage and the Beethoven overtures, filmed at the Royal Festival Hall.



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