Volodos Plays Liszt

Volodos Plays Liszt

by Arcadi Volodos

SACD(Super Audio CD)

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/19/2007
Label: Sony Bmg Europe
UPC: 0886970650021
catalogNumber: 706500

Tracks

  1. Années de pèlerinage, 1st Year ("Suisse"), suite for piano, S. 160 (LW A159): Vallée d'Obermann
  2. Années de pèlerinage, 2nd Year ("Italie"), suite for piano, S. 161 (LW A55): Il Penseroso
  3. St François d'Assise: la prédication aux oiseaux, for piano (Légendes No. 1), S. 175/1 (LW A219/1)
  4. Bagatelle sans tonalité, for piano, S. 216a (LW A338)
  5. Hungarian Rhapsody, for piano No. 13 in A minor, S. 244/13 (LW A132/13)
  6. Années de pèlerinage, 2nd Year ("Italie"), suite for piano, S. 161 (LW A55): Sposalizio
  7. Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen, prelude for piano (after J. S. Bach), S. 179 (LW A198)
  8. Funérailles, for piano (Harmonies poétiques No. 7), S.173/7 (LW A158/7)
  9. Die Trauer-Gondel (La Lugubre gondola II), for piano (in 4/4), S. 200/2 (LW 319b)
  10. En rêve, nocturne for piano, S. 207 (LW A336)

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