Conductor Kirill Kondrashin leads longstanding Decca pianist/conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra in first-rate performances of Sergei Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor and 3 Etudes-Tableaux. The unrivaled master of the piano music of Rachmaninov, Ashkenazy offers up some of his most thoughtful and dignified recordings here.
Featuring an extensive repertoire that ranges from Bach to Bartók, Vladimir Ashkenazy's Decca discography comprises a vast number of recordings, many of which have been crowned with prizes. As one of the most acclaimed pianists of his generation, he has received Grammy awards among other accolades for Beethoven's Piano Concertos with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Sir Georg Solti (1973), for Beethoven's Sonatas for Violin and Piano with Itzhak Perlman (1978), a Ravel program of solo works (1985) and Shostakovich's Preludes and Fugues (1999).
"It is rare to find, in the same artist, the very highest levels of musical talent living alongside the deepest genuine humility. None has that rare combination in higher degree than Vladimir Ashkenazy." - Gramophone
Sergei Rachmaninov, composer
Kirill Kondrashin, conductor
Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano
Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra