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#1394939 03/13/10 12:31 PM
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What are your views on Volodos?

For me he is the no 1 pianist in the universe, the best technique, sound and musical understanding. I would go far as to say he is probably the biggest musical genius since Art Tatum.

With his own arrangments he often creates the impression as if there is 2 people playing. But one thing he doesnt seem to do though is play main stream music. Chopin, Beethoven or Mozart or some of the more well known stuff.

If only Horowitz could have seen him.

Only one thing I dont get is though, how does he play the way he does with what I can tell are actually very small looking hands? Compared to other top artists. Only God knows how he plays all those Horowtiz stuff with a hand which can barely reach a very comfortable 10th chord.



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I think Volodos is a freakish talent. Inhuman technique, and obviously brilliant in terms of transcriptions. The other side of the coin is that his Schubert is also fantastic.
I heard him live a couple years ago and was dissapointed with everything but a transcription of an obscure Rachmaninoff piece, which was the most incredible feat of piano gymnastics i ever heard live. The rest of his program was kind of low energy and put me off of him for a while until I heard some more of his recordings of his own transcriptions which just make me scratch my head. As in, how can any human play that well.


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I've heard him live maybe twice(who else could begin a recital with Scriabin's Sonata No. 10?) and I've listened to much of his Youtube solo stuff. I love his tone. I find at least some of his transcriptions only a "B+" because, for me, they are too similar to eachother and somewhat a copy of the Horowitz style of transcribing.

I find his transcription of the Rachmaninov Polka
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lzxQP1cf08

a little superficial(one could argue they weren't intended to be anything else) compared to the transcription by this pianist:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmSDDslA__M

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Not a comfortable 10th? I've heard other people say he has small hands, but I'm certain that I recall seeing extremely comfortbale tenths on film. Are there any particular moments on youtube that suggest a small hand?

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Volodo's transcription of the Alla Turca is devilish. I love the bass parts.




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One of the finest technique after Franz Liszt and Alkan.





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WOW. Thanks, daoc2009 and Batuhan, for introducing me to this remarkable pianist.

I'm just learning about different pianistic styles and techniques, and Volodos is so distinctive. He absolutely manhandles both the piano and the music. I've heard others trying to play in this way, but not succeeding nearly this well.

Do either of you (or anybody else out there) have suggestions of other pianists who have very distinct styles for me to check out? As evidenced by my ignorance of Volodos, I don't have much exposure, so you needn't limit your suggestions to obscure performers. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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Originally Posted by Legal Beagle
WOW. Thanks, daoc2009 and Batuhan, for introducing me to this remarkable pianist.

I'm just learning about different pianistic styles and techniques, and Volodos is so distinctive. He absolutely manhandles both the piano and the music. I've heard others trying to play in this way, but not succeeding nearly this well.

Do either of you (or anybody else out there) have suggestions of other pianists who have very distinct styles for me to check out? As evidenced by my ignorance of Volodos, I don't have much exposure, so you needn't limit your suggestions to obscure performers. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.


I advice to you Fazıl Say his kumru ballade and paganini variations are truly masterpiece his style is very different from other pianists. Also he is from Turkey like idil biret both of honoured us. But he dont have recordings on Chopin.


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Originally Posted by daoc2009
What are your views on Volodos?

With his own arrangments he often creates the impression as if there is 2 people playing. But one thing he doesnt seem to do though is play main stream music. Chopin, Beethoven or Mozart or some of the more well known stuff.



I have a recording of him playing Chopin's Ballade #4 in 1996. If you want it (or anyone for that matter) PM me. It's absolutely brilliant.


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Volodos has to be one of the best these days.
Besides having a huge effortless technique, as if he has another pair of hands, he manages a most beautiful singing tone at any dynamice level.
His timing and control is always right on, always makes perfrct musical sense.
Supposedly it has much to do with his voice training and conducting experince. Both parents are in voice.

The voice, irrevocably, is the most instrument there is.


He introduced to the world rare beauties in some obscure Scriabin preludes in his Vienna concets; his Schubert and Mompou (etc) CD also outstanding.Will certainly look up Chopin's 4th ballad on youtube.

I'd really appreciate it if you'd share your file on his Damunt. Trying to play it with some other Mompou pieces.
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Commenting on Volodos around 10 years after my last post on this very old thread:

1. His transcriptions wear a little thin on me. They all sound the same to me. He uses mostly the same kinds of techniques/passagework in all of them.

2. He never makes a harsh sound even when playing ff but I find his tone(or possibly the tone of the pianos he chooses) too consistently sweet.

Of course, all the above is still in the context of thinking he's a terrific pianist.

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A. Volodos has been a favorite of mine for many years now. It’s not just the technique as there are others with outstanding techniques as well be it Yuga Wang or the lesser known HJ Lim. He has a beautiful tone that never gets harsh no matter how loud he plays. He also plays Schubert quite well and his Brahms album is outstanding. With that said I also like Stephen Hough’s recent Brahms release which albeit quite different also immensely enjoyable. There is a young Russian pianist who has a fantastic technique as well and will be top tier one day, Alexander Malofeev but he doesn’t have Arcadi’s beautiful tone but alas he’s only 18. My favorite pianist for tone was Shura Cherkassky and sadly you rarely hear how extraordinary it was from his albums. Maybe it’s the digital compression they use for discs but absolutely the best in concert.

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Volodos's solo recordings are done with that wonderful warm sound with lots of resonance. I applaud him for being more careful with recording aesthetics than most pianists, and for giving us recordings that represent a piano's true sound instead of the shrill, clinical distortion that we usually have to endure. However I must disagree that his tone is specially "beautiful". Under identical recording circumstances, e.g., radio broadcast recordings from the same festival, he does not sound that special.

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For me, he peaked in the late 90s/early 2000s and then sort of fell off the map after that. As far as live performances go, there's no better Rach 2 than his Proms (Chially is an amazing conductor, too):

https://youtu.be/EUJ_jWAu42I

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Originally Posted by Brendan
For me, he peaked in the late 90s/early 2000s and then sort of fell off the map after that. As far as live performances go, there's no better Rach 2 than his Proms (Chially is an amazing conductor, too):

https://youtu.be/EUJ_jWAu42I
I could be wrong but I don't think he has played much in NYC in the last decade.


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