Volodos Plays Liszt

Volodos Plays Liszt

by Arcadi Volodos
     
 

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A brilliantly played, superbly selected and wonderfully recorded recital, Arcadi Volodos' first disc devoted entirely to the solo piano music of Liszt is an complete success. Although Liszt wrote some of the most difficult piano music ever composed, and although a lot of that music is included here, Volodos sails over any problems without deigning to notice them. The

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A brilliantly played, superbly selected and wonderfully recorded recital, Arcadi Volodos' first disc devoted entirely to the solo piano music of Liszt is an complete success. Although Liszt wrote some of the most difficult piano music ever composed, and although a lot of that music is included here, Volodos sails over any problems without deigning to notice them. The blazing double octaves, the blistering scales, the glittering tremolos, the sparkling sonorities, the giddy tempos: whatever Liszt wants, Volodos gives him. And although Liszt also wrote some of the most deliberately ostentatious piano music ever composed, and although a lot of that music is also included here, Volodos rides over any questionable moments without bothering to credit them. The crashing crescendos, the hushed pianissimos, the careening rhythms, the monstrous chords: whatever Liszt wants, Volodos gives him -- thankfully, sparing him and us from the composer's own worst excesses. Recorded in palpably present sound by producer Friedemann Engelbrecht in Teldex Studio, Berlin, in 2006, this disc will thrill any Liszt fan -- and possibly sway any non-Liszt fan.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
A brilliantly played, superbly selected, and wonderfully recorded recital, Arcadi Volodos' first disc devoted entirely to the solo piano music of Liszt is a complete success. Although Liszt wrote some of the most difficult piano music ever composed, and although a lot of that music is included here, Volodos sails over any problems without deigning to notice them. The blazing double octaves, the blistering scales, the glittering tremolos, the sparkling sonorities, the giddy tempos: whatever Liszt wants, Volodos gives him. And although Liszt also wrote some of the most deliberately ostentatious piano music ever composed, and although a lot of that music is also included here, Volodos rides over any questionable moments without bothering to credit them. The crashing crescendos, the hushed pianissimos, the careening rhythms, the monstrous chords: whatever Liszt wants, Volodos gives him -- thankfully, sparing him and us from the composer's own worst excesses. Recorded in palpably present sound by producer Friedemann Engelbrecht in Teldex Studio, Berlin, in 2006, this disc will thrill any Liszt fan -- and possibly sway any non-Liszt fan.
Gramophone - Jeremy Nicholas
To hear the instrument sound like this is a simple joy.... Volodos not only equals Horowitz's demonic ferocity but adds seemingly impossible difficulties of his own.... A great pianist and a great recording.
BBC Music Magazine - Jessica Duchen
Volodos's recording of some of Liszt's greatest hits is one to induce blinking, gasping, multiple couldn't-believe-my-ears replays, and the occasional entirely appropriate swoon.
San Francisco Chronicle - Steven Winn
Volodos comes at Liszt's expressively charged piano pieces with high-impact technique.
Classic FM Magazine
Volodos bring Liszt’s mesmerising music intoxicatingly to life.
Daily Telegraph - Matthew Rye
As a well-rounded and absorbingly played portrait of Liszt's piano writing, combining virtuosity with understanding, this generous and warmly recorded collection is hard to beat.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/17/2007
Label:
Sony Classics
UPC:
0828768738023
catalogNumber:
87380
Rank:
95025

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Tracks

  1. Années de pèlerinage, 1st Year ("Suisse"), suite for piano, S. 160 (LW A159): Vallée d'Obermann

    1. Vallée d'Obermann  (13:21)
  2. Années de pèlerinage, 2nd Year ("Italie"), suite for piano, S. 161 (LW A55): Il Penseroso

    1. Il Penseroso  (04:39)
  3. St François d'Assise: la prédication aux oiseaux, for piano (Légendes No. 1), S. 175/1 (LW A219/1)  (10:18)
  4. Bagatelle sans tonalité, for piano, S. 216a (LW A338)  (03:01)
  5. Hungarian Rhapsody, for piano No. 13 in A minor, S. 244/13 (LW A132/13)  (08:29)
  6. Années de pèlerinage, 2nd Year ("Italie"), suite for piano, S. 161 (LW A55): Sposalizio

    1. Sposalizio  (08:01)
  7. Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen, prelude for piano (after J. S. Bach), S. 179 (LW A198)  (05:11)
  8. Funérailles, for piano (Harmonies poétiques No. 7), S.173/7 (LW A158/7)  (11:13)
  9. Die Trauer-Gondel (La Lugubre gondola II), for piano (in 4/4), S. 200/2 (LW 319b)  (09:21)
  10. En rêve, nocturne for piano, S. 207 (LW A336)  (02:38)

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