Volodos plays Mompou

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Volodos plays Mompou

Awards:

Gramophone Awards 2014

Winner - Instrumental

Gramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - August 2013

BBC Music Magazine

Instrumental Choice - September 2013

BBC Music Magazine Awards 2014

Instrumental Finalist

Label:

Sony

Catalogue No:

88765433262

Discs:

1

Release date:

20th May 2013

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0887654332622

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CD

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Volodos plays Mompou


Mompou:

Prelude No. 7 (Palmier d'étoiles )

Damunt de tu, nomes les flors

transcription by Arcadi Volodos

Scenes d'enfants

Hoy la tierra y los cielos me sonríen

transcription by Arcadi Volodos

El Lago (Le Lac)

Pour appeler la joie (Charme VI)

Prelude No. 12

Dialogues I, II

Música callada: excerpts


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Arcadi Volodos is one of the world’s best pianists, celebrated as a “genius” and the “new Horowitz” for the unique combination of outstanding virtuosity and profound and expressive musicality.

Volodos devotes his new CD to the hardly known Catalan composer Frederic Mompou. He believes that Mompou’s solo piano works are of outstanding quality and open new worlds.

The fact that Mompou’s music is hardly known is a key to success for this CD. It can only reveal its deep und unique quality in the magnificent interpretation of Volodos.

The music of Catalonian composer Federico Mompou (1893-1987) is almost completely unknown today. Unjustly so, in the opinion of Russian star pianist Arcadi Volodos, who has devoted his new solo CD to this remarkable musical personality.

Carrying on the tradition established by his Spanish colleagues Enrique Granados and Isaac Albéniz, Mompou's works are subtle and delicate, mysterious and intimate, with a shimmering Impressionist palette. Mompou's role models are always in evidence in his many piano pieces: Chopin and Scriabin, Satie and Debussy. Yet in quiet, unobtrusive fashion, Mompou evolves a musical cosmos entirely his own from these models: his music is a true discovery.

Volodos has chosen for this CD pieces from the Mompou cycles Scènes d´Enfants (1915-18), Charmes (1920/21) and Música Callada (1959-67), which were among the composer's own favourites. In the last few years, Arcadi Volodos has regularly played works by the Catalonian composer in his recitals, prompting the Süddeutsche Zeitung to refer to his "deep sensitivity for inspired nuance".

Gramophone Magazine

August 2013

“you will rarely if ever hear Mompou's introspection caught and held with greater affection and finesse...his playing is of an unfaltering poise and translucency. Sony's sound is ideal. This is a disc in a million.”

BBC Music Magazine

September 2013

*****

“this CD is the purest pianism, with a drifting, freely associative, visionary momentum”

MusicWeb International

30th August 2013

“Arcadi Volodos, showman virtuoso, playing the music of Federico Mompou, poetic loner? The match could hardly be more surprising - or successful...there's no doubting the artist's sincere affection and affinity for this music...This new disc only confirms the genius of Volodos”

International Record Review

September 2013

“I've never heard a bad CD of Mompou's music, but Volodos's, like Larrocha's, is in a class of its own. He creates the illusion that he is at one with the music; it is playing him as much as he is playing it. This piano powerhouse here demonstrates that he can colour and phrase this music as sensitively as any pianist currently on the scene.”

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