Vladimir Ashkenazy has announced he will release his new recording of Bach’s English Suites 1 – 3 on a unique double album with his first Bach recording from 1965, the Concerto in D minor, on 15 October 2021. Over half a century, a remarkable 56 years, spans the two recordings marking the longest exclusive association between pianist and record label, Decca Classics, in history.
“He always allows Bach his own voice”
Vladimir Ashkenazy’s new recording of Bach’s English Suites 1 – 3 is the latest addition to his discography of the major keyboard works by the composer. Gramophone noted, “He always allows Bach his own voice, his manner at once masterly and self-effacing”.
Vladimir Ashkenazy began with his critically acclaimed recording of ‘The 48’ (the 48 Preludes & Fugues of The Well-Tempered Clavier). “The pianist’s straightforward, intelligent, and vibrantly clear interpretations are a joy to hear”, observed Classics Today and Gramophone added, “You will surely return to Ashkenazy for his unfailing lucidity and musicianship.”
His following Bach releases included the Italian Concerto and the complete French Suites and Six Partitas, described by the Washington Post as, “A feast for the ears. These are poised, elegant readings”.
One of the most outstanding pianists of our time
World-renowned pianist and conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy first came to prominence on the world stage in 1955 when he won second prize in the International Frédéric Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. In 1956 he won first prize in the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Brussels and in 1962 he won joint first prize, with John Ogdon, in the International Tchaikovsky Competition. He established himself not only as one of the most outstanding pianists of our time, but as an artist whose creative life encompasses a vast range of activities and continues to offer inspiration to music lovers around the world.
Vladimir Ashkenazy signed to Decca in 1963 and remains the longest-serving artist on the label. He immediately became associated with the Russian repertoire and his first releases included concertos by Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky. Decca then suggested he recorded Bach’s Concerto in D minor which was the start of his fascinating journey with the composer he perhaps reveres above all others. Ashkenazy noted, “Next to Bach I am nothing”.
Vladimir Ashkenazy’s recording of Bach’s English Suites 1 – 3 will be released on 15 October 2021 and can be pre-ordered here.