Vladimir Ashkenazy direction
Boris Berezovsky piano
Rachmaninov at his finest: Piano Concerto No.1 and Symphony No.2 celebrated by the legendary strains of the Philharmonia Orchestra
Piano concerto No. 1
Symphony No. 2
In this very concert hall in the autumn of 2010, the Philharmonia and Vladimir Ashkenazy performed a Rachmaninov cycle over three evenings, offering a thoughtful selection of works retracing the career of this composer who was at one and the same time the heir to the great tradition of the Russian school, and a visionary of the nascent musical forms of the 20th century. As a young man, pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy spent a long time exploring the twists and turns of this protean body of work, which holds no secrets for him. Now as a conductor, he continues to devote himself to Rachmaninov in the concert hall and on CD (and he has produced a wonderful recording of the complete symphonies and piano concertos with the Concertgebouw). He returns, accompanied this time by fellow countryman Boris Berezovsky, for an evening once again dedicated entirely to this composer with whom both musicians have a long-standing affinity.