Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No 3, Etc / Volodos, Levine

Release Date: 9/26/2000
Label: Sony
Catalog Number: SK64384
Performer: Arcadi Volodos
Conductor: James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1

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This selection received a Grammy Award nomination for "Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with Orchestra)."
This selection is available in standard CD, Super Audio CD and Mini Disc formats.
Arcadi Volodos' concerto recording debut is an involving and exciting Rachmaninov Third which is quite unlike any of the other classic accounts that come to mind. Not for him the manic intensity of Horowitz or the hell-bent impetuosity of Argerich, this particular virtuoso has his own signature gifts, a golden tone that never tarnishes under duress, a mastery of overall form that might be viewed as restraint, and then of course, the killer technique. In this last regard Volodos truly sets himself apart, for his magic is not all speed and power. One is often held breathless by his control in quiet moments, especially where the combination of dexterity and delicacy is called for, and he revels in passage work, making every note count and shine where other pianist seem to merely be moving on to get to the next big hurdle. Then, when the big hurdles of the "Rach III" arrive, Volodos dispatches them with such level command that one is truly awed. No wonder the live Berlin audience breaks into hysterics at the end. They, like you, are lucky to be alive to hear this.
Works on This Recording
1. Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Arcadi Volodos (Piano)
Conductor: James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1909 ; Russia
2. Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 19: 3rd movement, Andante by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Arcadi Volodos (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1901 ; Russia
3. Morceaux de fantaisies (5), Op. 3: no 5, Sérénade in B flat minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Arcadi Volodos (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1892 ; Russia
4. Morceaux (7) de salon, Op. 10: no 6, Romance in F minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Arcadi Volodos (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1893-1894 ; Russia
5. Preludes (13) for Piano, Op. 32: no 6 in F minor, Allegro appassionato by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Arcadi Volodos (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1910 ; Russia
6. Prelude for Piano in D minor, Op. posthumous by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Arcadi Volodos (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1917 ; Russia
7. Etudes-tableaux (9) for Piano, Op. 33: no 9 in C sharp minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Arcadi Volodos (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1911 ; Russia
8. Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 19: 3rd movement, Andante by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Arcadi Volodos (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1901 ; Russia
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