Our bargain choice for August has to be the box set of Vladimir Ashkenazy’s complete concerto recordings from Decca. At little more than £2 a CD this set is well worth purchasing.
The box, which contains 46 CDs, with original jackets, (and 2 DVDs), provides a great opportunity to reappraise Ashkenazy as a pianist following on from his 70th birthday on 6th July.
The set contains three Beethoven cycles, two Rachmaninov cycles, and his Prokofiev, Brahms, Bartók and Mozart cycles and various other works. This duplication of cycles prevented the award of 5 stars, as it may unfortunately dissuade some would be purchasers. However, there is much to be gained from comparing the different approaches to Beethoven and Rachmaninov and should not deter the serious collector.
Highlights of the set are the Grammy® award winning recordings of the Beethoven concertos with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Sir Georg Solti (1973) and the Rachmaninov cycle with Previn, where conductor and soloist are perfectly matched.
To find out more about this set watch the video: