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RAUTAVAARA, E.: Piano Concerto No. 3 / Autumn Gardens (Ashkenazy)

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2011


Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra

Ashkenazy, Vladimir

Vladimir Ashkenazy



Warner/Chappell Music Finland Oy

Finlandia Hall. Helsinki

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Total Time - 67:10
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Piano Concerto No. 3, "Gift of Dreams"

1 I. Tranquillo 9:58
2 II. Adagio assai 11:51
3 III. Energico 5:58

Autumn Gardens

4 I. Poetico 10:38
 Ashkenazy, Vladimir
5 II. Tranquillo 5:10
 Ashkenazy, Vladimir
6 III. Giocoso e leggiero 10:32
 Ashkenazy, Vladimir



Einojuhani Rautavaara In Conversation With Vladimir Ashkenazy

 Vladimir Ashkenazy Soloist

This recording contains Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Third Piano Concerto "Gift of Dreams" (1998), featuring Vladimir Ashkenazy as soloist and conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. Ashkenazy commissioned this work as a concerto which he could conduct while playing the solo part. Having performed the world première, he here delivers the concerto’s first recording.

The concerto is coupled with Autumn Gardens (1999) for orchestra, and an additional bonus: a 13-minute conversation between composer and performer, revealing insights into their association, of which Vladimir Ashkenazy stated on the occasion of Rautavaara’s 80th birthday in 2008 that, "It has been a particular pleasure and privilege for me to be associated with Einojuhani Rautavaara’s music for the simple reasons that it is totally unpretentious and it deals with the basics of our existence. He never imitates, never tries to be deliberately original and he has an idiom all of his own. Combined with a very high level of professionalism, these qualities contribute to one of the most eloquent musical expressions of our time."

     Artistic Quality 10      Sound Quality 10
"Good heavens, this is gorgeous music! ... Rautavaara has come to be known not just as Finland’s greatest composer, but probably the world’s. It’s a reputation effortlessly sustained by this release."

David Hurwitz  -  March 2000

"First rate performances ... Ashkenazy plays and conducts sympathetically."

Barry Millington - The Times 8 February 2000

   "Highly recommended."

Guy Rickards - International Piano Quarterly - Spring 2000


      Performance *****  Sound *****
"Thanks to the persuasive advocacy of these artists, (both works) cast quite a spell, in state-of-the-art sound."

Robert Layton  - BBC Music Magazine April 2000


"A piano concerto  ... that lifts you to ethereal heights."

Rob Cowan -  Gramophone - April 2000


           The Best of the Year
"My favourite of all year 2000’s best releases that are important ...  Ashkenazy leads stunningly cogent and expressive performances of two of the Finnish master’s recent, and finest, orchestral works ... Ondine’s breathtaking recording does full justice to the Helsinki Philharmonic’s vivid playing."

Jed Distler - International Record Review  December 2000

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