A series of recitals by the master pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy at a new peak in his career.
Both his audiences and the critics have been aware in recent years of new dimensions in Ashkenazy's playing. This may stem in part from his broadening experience as a conductor, but wherever it comes from it is both notable and impressive, and has extended both the size and the commitment of his audiences world-wide.
These recitals were shot on videotape in studio conditions with invited audiences. The intention was to get the best of both worlds by creating genuine concert conditions with the artist giving his best, and at the same time ensuring telling, well-lit images of the performer at work.
This is episode 2: Chopin: Twenty-four Preludes Opus 28
Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op. 28