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Dazzling technique applied to musical ends
on 28 October 2013
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.