Volodos plays Mompou

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Volodos plays Mompou


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20th May 2013




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Volodos plays 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".

Frederic Mompou: Prélude VII (Palmier d'étoiles)

Prélude VII (Palmier d'étoiles)

Frederic Mompou: Damunt de tu Només les flors

Damunt de tu Només les flors

Frederic Mompou: Scènes d'enfants

I. Cris dans la rue

II. Jeux sur la plage

III. Jeu 2

IV. Jeu 3

V. Jeunes filles au jardin

Frederic Mompou: Hoy la tierra y los cielos me sonrien

Hoy la tierra y los cielos me sonrien

Frederic Mompou: El lago (Le lac - from Paisajes, Nr. 2)

El lago (Le lac - from Paisajes, Nr. 2)

Frederic Mompou: ...pour appeler la joie (Charme VI)

...pour appeler la joie (Charme VI)

Frederic Mompou: Preludi XII

Preludi XII

Frederic Mompou: Dialogues 2

Dialogues 2

Frederic Mompou: Dialogues 1

Dialogues 1

Frederic Mompou: Musica callada I Angelico

Musica callada I Angelico

Frederic Mompou: Musica callada II Lent

Musica callada II Lent

Frederic Mompou: Musica callada XXVII Lento molto

Musica callada XXVII Lento molto

Frederic Mompou: Musica callada XXIV Moderato

Musica callada XXIV Moderato

Frederic Mompou: Musica callada XXV

Musica callada XXV

Frederic Mompou: Musica callada XI Allegretto

Musica callada XI Allegretto

Frederic Mompou: Musica callada XV Lento - plaintif

Musica callada XV Lento - plaintif

Frederic Mompou: Musica callada XXII Molto lento e tranquilo

Musica callada XXII Molto lento e tranquilo

Frederic Mompou: Musica callada XVI Calme

Musica callada XVI Calme

Frederic Mompou: Musica callada VI Lento

Musica callada VI Lento

Frederic Mompou: Musica callada XXI Lento

Musica callada XXI Lento

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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