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Piano Transcriptions / Arcadi Volodos


Release Date: 07/01/1997 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 62691   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Vladimir HorowitzSergei RachmaninovFranz LisztNikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,   ... 
Performer:  Arcadi Volodos
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This disc was nominated for the 1998 Grammy Award for "Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra)."
Long live the Golden Age! A look at the program and all the hyphenation, Schubert-Liszt, Bach-Feinberg, etc., tells you you're in a bygone era, the Golden Age of pianism when titans straddled the bench and ruled the world from their keyboards. So you put on this CD and the first thing you hear is unbelievable, Horowitz's 'Carmen' paraphrase played as brilliantly as, but obviously not by, Horowitz--the tone is much too suave and rounded. It is Arcadi Volodos, of Madrid by way of St. Petersburg and yes, he has the stuff to keep you enthralled for the sixty-one minutes it takes to play this disk.
There is something very
Read more right about Volodos' playing. The romantic attitude seems genuine, he has the sensitivity to offset the brilliance and all the jaw-dropping virtuosity is achieved with a sense of fun that communicates readily to the listener. The recital carefully balances the sublime, such as the Prokofiev 'Cinderella' pieces or the Bach-Feinberg "Largo" with the delirious, such as the Rimsky-Cziffra "Flight of the Bumblebee" or the utterly zany Mozart-Volodos "Turkish March." This is a knockout debut.
REVIEWS:
American Record Guide (11-12/97, p.242) - "...remarkably talented young pianist....Most of this material is virtuoso stuff, and Volodos carries it off brilliantly....but he also plays the more lyrical pieces well....This is a thoroughly enjoyable recital..."
Fanfare (9-10/97, p.355) - "Arcadi Volodos throws down the gauntlet and challenges Horowitz, Feinberg, and Cziffra on their own terrain ....surmounts the most difficult challenges with élan...Such virtuosity would in itself be cause for celebration, but...what commands even more attention than the muscularity...is a rare sensitivity of his handling of less sensational details....astounding release....highest recommendation."
BBC Music (12/97, p.58) - "...hugely entertaining debut disc....astonishingly gifted artist..." Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Variations on a Theme from Bizet's "Carmen" by Vladimir Horowitz
Performer:  Arcadi Volodos (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Arkadi Volodos
This composition was transcribed by Arcadi Volodos from a 1968 recording by Vladimir Horowitz. 
2.
Songs (6), Op. 4: no 2, Morning by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Arcadi Volodos (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Arkadi Volodos 
3.
Songs (12), Op. 21: no 9, Melody by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Arcadi Volodos (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Arkadi Volodos 
4.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 2 in C sharp minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Arcadi Volodos (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Hungary 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, England 
Length: 9 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Arkadi Volodos (after Vladimir Horowitz) 
5.
Am Tage aller Seelen (Schubert) for Piano, S 562 no 1 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Arcadi Volodos (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 12/16/1996 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
6.
Schwanengesang (Schubert), S 560: no 3, Aufenthalt by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Arcadi Volodos (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838-1839; Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 12/16/1996 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
7.
Schwanengesang (Schubert), S 560: no 10, Liebesbotschaft by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Arcadi Volodos (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838-1839; Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 12/16/1996 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
8.
Tale of Tsar Saltan: Suite, Op. 57 - Flight of the bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Arcadi Volodos (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: György Cziffra 
9.
Pieces (3) from Cinderella for Piano, Op. 95: no 2, Gavotte by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Arcadi Volodos (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USSR 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
10.
Pieces (10) from Cinderella for Piano, Op. 97: no 6, Oriental Dance by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Arcadi Volodos (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USSR 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
11.
Pieces (6) from Cinderella, Op. 102: no 1, Grand Waltz by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Arcadi Volodos (Piano)
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 49 Secs. 
12.
Symphony no 6 in B minor, Op. 74 "Pathétique": 3rd movement, March - Allegro molto vivace by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Arcadi Volodos (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, England 
Length: 9 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Samuel Feinberg 
13.
Trio Sonata for Organ no 5 in C major, BWV 529: 2nd movement, Largo by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Arcadi Volodos (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1727; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Samuel Feinberg 
14.
Sonata for Piano no 11 in A major, K 331 (300i): 3rd movement, Rondo alla turca by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Arcadi Volodos (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781-1783; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Arkadi Volodos 

Sound Samples

Carmen Variations after Vladimir Horowitz (1968 version) (Instrumental)
Utro, Op. 4, No.2 from 6 Songs (Instrumental)
Melodiya, Op. 21, No. 9 from 12 Songs (Instrumental)
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, S. 244 after Vladimir Horowitz
Litanei, S. 562, No. 1 from Geistliche Lieder (Instrumental)
Aufenthalt, S. 560, No. 3 from Schwanengesang (Instrumental)
Liebesbotschaft, S. 560, No. 10 from Schwanengesang
Flight of the Bumblebee (Interlude from The Tale of the Tsar Saltan) (Instrumental)
Gavotte, Op. 95, No. 2 from ballet Cinderella (Instrumental)
Orientale, Op. 97, No. 6 from ballet Cinderella (Instrumental)
Valse, Op. 102, No. 1 from ballet Cinderella (Instrumental)
Scherzo from Symphony No. 6 "Pathetique" (Instrumental)
Largo from Trio Sonata No. 5, BWV 529 (Instrumental)
Turkish March (Concert Paraphrase), based on Rondo alla Turka from Piano Sonata in A Major, K. 331 (Instrumental)

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