VLADIMIR ASHKENAZY - Sergei Rachmaninov International Award 2015
all the piano works of Rachmaninov during 2014.
Vladimir Ashkenazy is One of the most revered musicians of our time, with a career spanning over fifty years of music-making both at the keyboard and in front of the orchestra.
Vladimir Ashkenazy, a Russian born pianist and conductor has been awarded the 2014 Rachmaninov International Award for his extraordinarily successful efforts in recording all the piano works
by Rachmaninov, inclusive of his unpublished work in 'A flat major' which he copied down from a sketch he found in the Library of Congress, Washington DC.
A fascinating selection of rarely-performed, forgotten and unpublished works, including several world premiere recordings.
Perhaps the most poignant inclusion on the recording is the final track: a piano transcription of the Nunc dimittis from Rachmaninov’s
All-Night Vigil, op. 37. Vladimir Ashkenazy writes:
“I decided to include this movement from the Vespers as it reminds
me of the occasion – I think it was in the early sixties – when word
got around about a midnight performance in a Moscow church on Easter Holy Saturday. Most of the teachers and students of
the Conservatory were there. For me – christened in an Orthodox
church by my Russian mother, Evstolia Plotnova, daughter of
Grigory Plotnov, chorus master of the Russian Orthodox Church in
the province of Ivanovo – it was a very special occasion which will never be forgotten. I am grateful to destiny that I am able to finish
the complete recording of Rachmaninov’s piano music, and I feel
it is an appropriate close to the disc.”