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Piano Concerto No.1 (Volodos) [Sacd/CD Hybrid] [SACD]

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  • Audio CD (2 Feb 2004)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: SACD
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • ASIN: B0000DK3AR
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 269,116 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Allegro Non Troppo E Molto Maestoso
2. Andantino
3. Allegro Con Fuoco
4. Prelude in G Flat Major
5. Moment Musical in E flat minor
6. Daisies
7. Prelude in G Major
8. Oriental Sketch
9. Melodie in E major
10. Concert Paraphrase On Polka Italienne

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Performance! 31 Mar 2008
By Scriabinmahler TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Like his Titanic live recording of Rachmaninov's 3rd, Volodos gives deeply thoughtful yet incandescent performance with unlimited gradation of tonal colours and huge dynamic range. I hope he will record more concertos. How about Liszt, Chopin and Prokofiev?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Volodos on top form 10 Aug 2005
By Alexander Leach VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
If you're listening in multi-channel the first thing you need to do is turn the rear channels *right* down - maybe 5dB (which is quite a lot) as otherwise you'll feel you're sitting in the front desks of the cellos.
Once you've done that, you'll get a really rather good sonic experience - the soundstage is wide and the piano sounds natural and vivid, but well-integrated into the sound picture. I don't think this recording scores as highly in terms of orchestral depth although there's a nice bloom on the sound. Detail is OK but I can think of plenty of recent orchestral recordings which score higher on that front.
I've never really been too keen on this concerto, certainly not as much as the Grieg or Rachmaninov Second if we're talking warhorses, but I can still make it worth my while hearing it every so often if the soloist can bring something fresh (which can't be easy with this work). Here Arcadi Volodos plays with real imagination and his usual phenomenal technique. I've enjoyed a few of his RBCDs like the Schubert D894 performance, and felt his Rachmaninov Third was one of the best recent accounts, so I did have good expectations for this SACD.
I'm really going to make some comparisons with my favourite RBCD version: Martha Argerich's 1994 DG performance with Abbado, as it's also live and with the same orchestra. This sounds rather more detailed than the DG (the piano a little crisper), and while both conductors accompany well, I would perhaps hold a slight preference for Ozawa - when he's on song he is an exciting conductor, and a fine accompanist (as evidence I would offer his superb Liszt concerti with Zimerman).
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