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Symphony No. 1 & 5

Symphony No. 1 & 5

Vladimir Ashkenazy

Label: Exton
Format: SACD
Barcode: 4526977050429
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Catalog number: EXCL 42
Releasedate: 01-10-10
This is the third live & session recording series of Sydney Symphony and Mr. Ashkenazy's "Composer Festival", featuring Prokofiev in 2009, following Rachmaninov (2007) and Elgar (2008). 
  • Hybrid (CD SACD 2ch)
  • Digitally remastered with superior sound quality.
  • 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
  • In January 2009 he took up the position of Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser to the Sydney Symphony
  • Sublime interpretation of two of Prokofiev's most popular symphonies, the First and the Fifth
  • With a impressieve career as a pianist, Ashkenazy is a renowned conductor as well

 
This first Prokofiev disc includes the accessible ‘Classical’ First Symphony and the popular Fifth. Internationally renowned as one of the finest interpreters of Russian composers, Sydney Symphony’s Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor returns to Australia for concerts in August.

The man who because of arthritis in his fingers played the piano less and less which gave him the opportunity to take the role of conductor. Also he has recorded so much CD's playing the piano, that it was time to put the focus somewhere else. That results in many concerts ánd CD-recordings with Ashkenazy as a conductor, a discography that is now also growing fast. And that is a splendid thing because Ashkenazy loves to record.

With this CD audiences will be taken on a journey through Prokofiev’s compositional career and explore the many musical personalities of the man who wrote some of the most influential works of the 20th-century and who many called ‘the prodigal Russian’.

The sparkling Classical Symphony is paired with the Fifth Symphony, which Ashkenazy regards as one of the great creations of Prokofiev’s soviet years, whose music represents “the greatness of the human spirit”.
Vladimir Ashkenazy
Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor
In the years since Vladimir Ashkenazy first came to prominence on the world stage in the 1955 Chopin Competition in Warsaw he has built an extraordinary career, not only as one of the most renowned and revered pianists of our times, but as an inspiring artist whose creative life encompasses a vast range of activities.
Conducting has formed the largest part of his music-making for the past 20 years. He has been Chief Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic (1998–2003), and Music Director of the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo (2004–2007). Since 2009 he has held the position of Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Sydney Symphony.
Alongside these roles, Vladimir Ashkenazy is also Conductor Laureate of the Philharmonia Orchestra, with whom he has developed landmark projects such as Prokofiev and Shostakovich Under Stalin (a project which he toured and later developed into a TV documentary) and Rachmaninoff Revisited at the Lincoln Center, New York.
He also holds the positions of Music Director of the European Union Youth Orchestra and Conductor Laureate of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. He maintains strong links with a number of other major orchestras, including the Cleveland Orchestra (where he was formerly Principal Guest Conductor), San Francisco Symphony, and Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin (Chief Conductor and Music Director, 1988¬–96), as well as making guest appearances with orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic.
Vladimir Ashkenazy continues to devote himself to the piano, building his comprehensive recording catalogue with releases such as the 1999 Grammy award-winning Shostakovich Preludes and Fugues, Rautavaara’s Piano Concerto No.3 (which he commissioned), Rachmaninoff transcriptions, Bach’s Wohltemperierte Klavier and Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations. Last year he released a disc of French piano duo works with Vovka Ashkenazy.
A regular visitor to Sydney over many years, he has conducted subscription concerts and composer festivals for the Sydney Symphony, with his five-program Rachmaninoff festival forming a highlight of the 75th Anniversary Season in 2007. Vladimir Ashkenazy’s artistic role with the Sydney Symphony includes collaborations on composer festivals, recording projects and international touring.

Sydney Symphony
Vladimir Ashkenazy, Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor
Founded in 1932 by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the Sydney Symphony has evolved into one of the world’s finest orchestras as Sydney has become one of the world’s great cities.
Resident at the iconic Sydney Opera House, where it gives more than 100 performances each year, the Sydney Symphony also performs in venues throughout Sydney and regional New South Wales. International tours to Europe, Asia and the USA have earned the orchestra world-wide recognition for artistic excellence, and in 2009 it made its first tour to mainland Asia.
The Sydney Symphony’s first Chief Conductor was Sir Eugene Goossens, appointed in 1947; he was followed by Nicolai Malko, Dean Dixon, Moshe Atzmon, Willem van Otterloo, Louis Frémaux, Sir Charles Mackerras, Zdenek Mácal, Stuart Challender, Edo de Waart and, most recently, Gianluigi Gelmetti. The orchestra’s history also boasts collaborations with legendary figures such as George Szell, Sir Thomas Beecham, Otto Klemperer and Igor Stravinsky.
The Sydney Symphony’s award-winning education program is central to its commitment to the future of live symphonic music, developing audiences and engaging the participation of young people. The Sydney Symphony promotes the work of Australian composers through performances, recordings and its commissioning program. Recent premieres have included major works by Ross Edwards, Liza Lim, Lee Bracegirdle and Georges Lentz, and the orchestra’s recording of works by Brett Dean was released on both the BIS and Sydney Symphony Live labels.
Other releases on the Sydney Symphony Live label, established in 2006, include performances with Alexander Lazarev, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Sir Charles Mackerras and Vladimir Ashkenazy. The Sydney Symphony has also released recordings with Ashkenazy of Rachmaninoff and Elgar orchestral works on the Octavia label, and numerous recordings on the ABC Classics label.
This is the second year of Ashkenazy’s tenure as Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor.