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Offline alkan

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Arkadi Volodos
« on: January 18, 2010, 05:05:06 AM »
Hi.     I just saw a televised concert of this pianist playing Liszt  (fantasia apres une lecture de Dante) and I was pretty impressed.

What do others think of this pianist, and what are your recommendations for his best recordings ?

Thanks.
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Re: Arkadi Volodos
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2010, 11:36:34 AM »
What do others think of this pianist, and what are your recommendations for his best recordings ?



He's a technically marvelous player.  His Schubert disc and portions of his Carnegie Hall disc are superb, but some of his other discs sound a bit shallow; lots of flash, not a lot of substance.  (That has to do with the repertoire to an extent.)  I hope he gets around to recording the Prokofiev 2nd Concerto, because a concert relay I heard was amazing.

Also, isn't it Arcadi, not Arkadi?
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Re: Arkadi Volodos
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2010, 12:12:27 PM »
If I remember correctly, Volodos was receiving a wealth of exposure a few years ago, but in recent years his recording frequency has nose-dived.  Does Sony have a problem with him?

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Re: Arkadi Volodos
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2010, 01:20:56 PM »
Also, isn't it Arcadi, not Arkadi?

A matter of transliteration. It can also be Arcady. Or Arkady. (Аркадий)

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Re: Arkadi Volodos
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2010, 01:22:09 PM »
I'll second on Schubert disc, excellent D894, possibly my favorite performance of the sonata. He has a new, live double CD coming out this month, could be interesting, judging by the repertoire.


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Re: Arkadi Volodos
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2010, 01:25:49 PM »
Does Sony have a problem with him?


I don't think so; I think he just doesn't like recording much.



He has a new, live double CD coming out this month, could be interesting, judging by the repertoire.


Indeed.  I had no idea it was coming out.  I believe I’ll have to give it a try.
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Re: Arkadi Volodos
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2010, 02:24:56 PM »
Hi.     I just saw a televised concert of this pianist playing Liszt  (fantasia apres une lecture de Dante) and I was pretty impressed.

You probably saw the Vienna recital, due for release this month (on CD, SACD, DVD and Blu-ray). I'll probably opt for the SACD.

What do others think of this pianist, and what are your recommendations for his best recordings ?

I believe he's one of the very best pianists around today, but for some reason he doesn't record much. Discography highlights: an incandescent Rachmaninov Third, the Carnegie Hall recital, the Schubert and Liszt discs.

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Re: Arkadi Volodos
« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2010, 09:05:54 AM »
Purchased these three discs in the past few weeks. The Liszt is marvellous and very brooding, like it a lot, whilst the playing on the transcriptions disc is breathtaking, just hear what he does with Mozart's Rondo alla turca!

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