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Volodos: Piano Transcriptions

Arcadi Volodos Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Performer: Arcadi Volodos
  • Composer: Vladimir Horowitz, Sergey Rachmaninov, Franz Liszt, Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov
  • Audio CD (30 Jun 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • ASIN: B000024MVC
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,403 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3. Melodiya - Melody
4. Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 - Roberto Szidon
5. Litanei from Geistliche Lieder
6. Aufenthalt from Schwanengesang
7. Liebesbotschaft from Schwanengesang
8. Flight of the Bumblebee
9. Cinderella - Gavotte
10. Cinderella - Orientale
11. Cinderella - Valse
12. Symphony No. 6 - Scherzo
13. Largo - Trio Sonata No. 5
14. Turkish March - Finale - Rondo all turca

Customer Reviews

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Franz Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Horowitz, Cziffra, and now Arcadi Volodos - the fantastic art of the virtuoso transcriber lives on! I have to admit to a slight disappointment in Volodos's brilliant performances - not of course on the grounds of effortless technique but more on temperament - or lack of it. If you are looking for the scorching electricity of Horowitz or the frenetic diablerie of Cziffra {Volodos's Rimsky - Korsakov/Cziffra 'Flight of the Bumble Bee' is a variant of Cziffra's original score}, then you wont find it here. Admirably, Volodos is his own man with his own style, which isn't the all-embracing flamboyant virtuoso way. His playing and temperament are controlled even in such exotic pieces as the 'Carmen Variations' and the Liszt/Horowitz second Hungarian Rhapsody. His own arrangements of Rachmaninoff are beautifully expressive but lack the all out Russian nostalgia and heart-break that you get with Cherkassky or Horowitz in their Rachmaninoff performances. {that is why I found Volodos's playing of Rachmaninoff's third concerto at the London Proms disappointing}. The Schubert-Liszt arrangements are beautifully 'sung' with a full rounded cantabile; even the Prokofiev Waltz from 'Cinderella' is 'spiky' without sounding 'metallic', and to my mind Volodos sounds more temperamentally at home in the Bach-Feinberg 'Largo' than he does in the Tchaikovsky-Feinberg 'scherzo' from the 'pathetique' which has controlled exuberance rather than Russian excitement and hysteria. The Mozart-Volodos 'Turkish March' is great fun { a very enjoyable encore at his London Prom} but you never get the feeling that Volodos is living on a 'knifes edge' as you do with Cziffra or Horowitz. A great virtuoso but without a virtuoso's temperament.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dazzling technique applied to musical ends 28 Oct 2013
By I. Giles TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This well recorded set of performances from 1996 could so easily have degenerated into a musically empty display of technical virtuosity. In this case, as is now a normal expectation from Volodos, the obvious stupendous virtuosity is completely subordinated to a wonderful recital of considerable musical delight.

The choice of program has been carefully devised in order to mix the gentle with the playful with the spectacular in such a way as to give the ears, the brain and the emotions some respite from a bombardment of repeated effects.

Thus the humour is to be found in the Carmen and Turkish Rondo for example. The spectacular can be found in such pieces as the Hungarian Rhapsody and the Tchaikovsky symphony scherzo and the gentle can be found in Schubert and Bach. Many pieces cross over and share these features and the total effect is one of a joyful selection spiced with beauty and the dazzling.

I would suggest that this is a demonstration disc of its type and at its reduced price must now qualify as a remarkable bargain. It is hard to imagine anyone listening to it finding it disappointing in any way. I would suggest that this disc almost demands to be bought! It has given me considerable pleasure every time that it has been played since it was bought in 2002.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Arcadi Volodos plays piano transcriptions 23 Sep 2012
By Dr. H. A. Jones TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
There are a dozen tracks on this CD of transcriptions of songs, instrumental and orchestral works by various composers from Bach to Prokofiev. Most of the transcriptions were arranged by established composers or pianists of an earlier age, like Vladimir Horowitz and Györgyi Cziffra, but some of the tracks are original transcriptions by Volodos. His piano technique of course is phenomenal and the range of pieces he has chosen for this disc allow for a great range in playing style. Specifically the composers are Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Bizet, Liszt, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and Prokofiev. If you enjoy a concert of piano music beautifully played, this is a lovely CD.

The Composer - Pianists
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4.0 out of 5 stars Volodos: Piano Transcriptions 10 Jan 2011
By Emazon
Format:Audio CD
was recommended this compilation by a piano-teaching friend who thought my 13yr old grade-5 piano playing son might like it. we both did. lots. it's sublime and i'm hopeful it will encourage and inspire him to stick with it!
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