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Stephen Greenbank
MusicWeb International, August 2013

The DVD features two composers for whom Ashkenazy has great affection. The recital here begins with Schubert, and the first two Impromptus of D946. Ashkenazy captures the contrasts of mood between the work’s sections. They act as an introduction to…the highlight of the whole recital, the Wanderer Fantasy. This is a monumental performance and brings together sensitive phrasing and formidable technical skill. He traverses the wide spectrum of emotions, fusing all three sections of the narrative flow into an integrated whole.

Devotees of Ashkenazy’s art…will be pleased with the release of this visual and aural document. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review





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