Pianist Arcadi Volodos, called “one of the greatest pianists of our time” by the “Berliner Morgenpost,” has been celebrated as a wizard at the keyboard since his 1997 debut recording. His new CD, “Live in Vienna,” on SONY BMG EUROPE, features his virtuosity as a pianist and his skilled story narration and sense of timing. On March 1st 2009 Volodos played at the Musikverein in Vienna, and subsequently toured the Vienna concert program in several German cities such as Essen, Düsseldorf, Berlin, Stuttgart, Hamburg, Baden-Baden, Schwetzigen, and has received sensational reviews.
Arcadi Volodos, fluent in both Russian and French, was awarded the German “ECHO Klassik” as best instrumentalist in 2003. He was born in 1972 in Leningrad and initially studied voice. The “Süddeutsche Zeitung” wrote that Volodos converts a score into discourse: “In Volodos’s hands, the music turns into natural speech.”
“The Russian whirlwind Volodos, who appears to have 50 fingers, appears slightly becalmed in this live Vienna recital, recorded… in March last year. The expected thunder and lightning finally strike in Liszt’s Dante Sonata — a tingling performance.”
The Times, 27th February 2010
“The performance is an awesome display of keyboard command…The recorded sound does gorgeous justice both to the playing itself, and to the surrounding Vienna Musikvereinsaal acoustic.”
BBC Music Magazine, May 2010
“…the sense that technically Volodos is in complete command, and that the piano is not in pain – even at the most extreme moments – is extraordinarily compelling. And through all the handfuls of notes he never loses sight of the work’s form…Volodos is absolutely up there with the best of them”
Gramophone Magazine, June 2010