Vladimir Ashkenazy plays Schumann's Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13 and Papillons, Op. 2

A film by Christopher Nupen

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Vladimir Ashkenazy — Pianist

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That Robert Schumann led a difficult and troubled life is well documented, and much of his work—full of tension, idiosyncrasy, and a remarkable, nearly unparalleled capacity for invention—is notoriously difficult to pin down. Vladimir Ashkenazy, in this season-ending concert from the Royal Festival Hall in 1985, easily untangles all the technical difficulties and navigates the rocky expressive terrain with the flair of a consummate artist—he has studied this music and lived with it, and his attention to detail shines in this exquisitely wrought rendition of two Schumannian masterpieces.

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Venue: Royal Festival Hall (London, Great Britain)
Production date: 1985
Recording date: 1985
Duration: 52 min
Production: © Bameridian
Resolution: SD