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Solo Piano - Released April 7, 2017 | Sony Classical

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or de l'année - Diapason d'or - 4F de Télérama - Gramophone Award - Gramophone Record of the Month - Le Choix de France Musique - Choc de Classica - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
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Classical - Released May 17, 2013 | Sony Classical

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or - Gramophone Record of the Month - Gramophone Editor's Choice - Choc de Classica - Choc Classica de l'année - Exceptional sound - Hi-Res Audio
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Classical - Released July 1, 1997 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released January 14, 2010 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released February 1, 1999 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released September 10, 2000 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released December 14, 2001 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released February 16, 2007 | Sony Classical

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A brilliantly played, superbly selected, and wonderfully recorded recital, Arcadi Volodos' first disc devoted entirely to the solo piano music of Liszt is a 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.
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Classical - Released January 15, 2016 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released January 13, 2015 | Sony Classical

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Russian pianist Arcadi Volodos has been known for high-powered Liszt performances and for gee-whiz transcriptions of works like Mozart's Rondo alla turca that seem to add an impossible collection of polyphonic lines to the music. All that could have been expected from this 2003 recording of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23, was another big, powerful interpretation to join the others already out there. What Volodos, Ozawa, and the Berlin Philharmonic produced instead was something completely unexpected: a revisionist reading of the concerto and of a group of short Rachmaninov solo works to round out the album. Volodos deploys full power only sparingly, makes every note crystal clear, and finds as much emotion in the work's quiet spaces as in its big themes. Jump into the first movement and hear how the tempo varies and yet fits into larger overall arcs, with exquisite breaths being taken at the movement's section-dividing modulations. One point in favor of Volodos' delicate, sensitive reading is that it accords with the pianos that Tchaikovsky would have known, which didn't have the bruising power of a mid-20th century Steinway. Volodos uses the Rachmaninov pieces to expand on various aspects of his formidable technique, and these works too have a very nice lightness in his hands. Sony's engineering here is also unusually good; working in the Berlin Philharmonie, it brings the listener close to Volodos and gets the details of his passagework without being obnoxious about it. Strongly recommended, especially for those who think they've heard it all with this warhorse concerto.
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Classical - Released January 25, 2010 | Sony Classical