Arkadij Volodos', piano
Friday 17 February
Davidsbündlertänze, eighteen character pieces for piano op. 6
Selection of Preludes and Sonatas
“His technique is stupendous but never at the expense of musical quality. His sonority can be as delicate as it is thunderous and full-blooded. His accuracy and taste are impeccable so that instead of celebrating something self-serving or rip-roaring, you find yourself conscious of higher virtues, of rhythm that can be magically free or held in a vice-like grip, as well as an unequalled fluency and aplomb.” Those are Gramophone's words regarding Arcadi Volodos.
Pianist Arkadij Volodos' is a master of musical colouring. His international career has led him to collaborate with the world's leading conductors, including Myung-Whun Chung, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta and Semyon Bychkov. However, Volodos has always reserved a special place for solo piano recitals. And with his sensitivity, he has delved into the work of composers capable of depicting the emotions of the human soul, from early Romanticism – particularly Schumann and Schubert – to Brahms, Beethoven, Scriabin and Rachmaninov.