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Schubert: Solo Piano Works
     

Schubert: Solo Piano Works

by Arcadi Volodos
 

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Let's not beat around the bush -- Arcadi Volodos is the most astonishingly gifted and imaginative Russian pianist since Sviatoslav Richter. Listen, for example, to his compelling performance of Schubert's youthful (and unfinished) E Major Sonata. In lesser hands, this music tends to ramble, and though

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Let's not beat around the bush -- Arcadi Volodos is the most astonishingly gifted and imaginative Russian pianist since Sviatoslav Richter. Listen, for example, to his compelling performance of Schubert's youthful (and unfinished) E Major Sonata. In lesser hands, this music tends to ramble, and though not even Volodos convinces one that it is a masterpiece, he certainly plays it like one, giving the music an orchestral richness that fits the work's character surprisingly well. The melancholy, songful Andante is played very lightly, in almost hushed tones, yet the emotional weight of this music never seemed so great. The G Major Sonata, on the other hand, is one of Schubert's greatest instrumental works, and here Volodos is in his element, for this is understated music, and understatement is his forte. Brendel finds more rugged drama here, to be sure, but Volodos's intimate account is like reading someone's private diary and experiencing the secret joys and heartaches of a distant friend. Recorded in the glowing acoustics of the Sofienssal in Vienna, the disc captures every subtle nuance of the pianist's finely shaded tone. Highest possible recommendation.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times - James R. Oestreich
Nowhere is it written that a virtuoso cannot also be a poet, and Mr. Volodos presents his credentials in that line persuasively in the G major Sonata (D. 894), one of Schubert's ripest, most mysterious creations. He extends the held chords and rests of the static first measures, making them seem more than ever to open onto the infinite, and he sustains the contemplative mood with fine restraint.
Gramophone - Bryce Morrison
Here is irrefutable proof of Arcadi Volodos’s genius and versatility.... The recordings are as flawless as the playing; this is among the finest piano discs to have come my way for many years.
BBC Music Magazine - Adrian Jack
[Volodos] plays like an angel. The sound he makes is extraordinary -- rich, rounded and extremely refined throughout a huge range of dynamics, with endless gradations at the quieter levels.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/12/2002
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998964723
catalogNumber:
89647
Rank:
40773

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Tracks

  1. Piano Sonata No. 1 in E major, D. 157
  2. Piano Sonata No. 18 in G major ("Fantasy"), D. 894 (Op. 78)
  3. Der Müller und der Bach ("Wo ein treues Herze"), song for voice & piano (Die schöne Müllerin), D. 795/19 (Op. 25/19)

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