Vladimir Ashkenazy plays Chopin

A film by Christopher Nupen

Two days before his legendary recital at the Royal Festival Hall in London, recorded live on the Decca label, Vladimir Ashkenazy gave another concert, shot by his friend Christopher Nupen. The recital took place in a very uncommon venue, in front of the student of the Essex University, in England. He played the same programme, completely dedicated to Chopin.

Vladimir Ashkenazy was the formidable pianist prodigee, second prize at the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (1955), first prize at the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition the year after, and finally, first prize at the Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in 1962. There he is, in 1972, at the top of his carreer as a pianist, a very fertile period for recordings and concerts.

Duration : 46 min
Location : University of Essex (Essex, Great Britain)
Production date : 1972
Production : © Allegro Films

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