Alexei Volodin

Piano works

Format: CD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917235425
Catnr: CC 72354
Release date: 26 February 2010
1 CD
 
Label
Challenge Classics
UPC
0608917235425
Catalogue number
CC 72354
Release date
26 February 2010

"Volodin does not have any difficulty in giving color to this mulifaceted work. His superior handling of the large amount keys compels admiration."

Luister, 13-5-2013
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Alexei Volodin is a modest musician, enormously talented but absolutely no 'showman', because that has nothing to do with art, according to himself. When he reads or hears that he has played a piece perfectly he disagrees. He is not like a perfect machine or computer. A human being does not play perfectly and is not supposed to. Rather a human being is inspired, that is a far better word for his interpretations, also on this Chopin-cd. A magnificent recording of a internationally well-known pianist!

Chopin is seen as one of the great composers, although his oeuvre is for the most part comprised of music for piano, solo or music that has a piano in it.

Daniel Barenboim once said, "Like a concave mirror Chopins music combines and condenses aristocratic and individual personality, fantasy and awareness of form, Nationalidiom and abstraction of consummate art, whose value most be measured not by its dimension, but by its concentration. Chopins music combines, often in a small space, an almost unparalleled richness of harmony and melody, a beautiful blend of romantic expression and classical severity."

The works recorded here demonstrate that characterization admirably.
Pianist Alexei Volodin geeft een ontroerende interpretatie van Chopin's mooiste werken
In deze opname speelt de bekende Russische pianist Alexei Volodin een selectie van enkele van de mooiste werken van Frédéric Chopin. Volodin is een bescheiden man, die de mensen met zijn muziek wil raken en inspireren. De kwaliteit van zijn spel vindt hij belangrijker dan beroemd te zijn. 'Hij speelt Chopin met meer temperament, spontaner en opwindender, zonder dat dat ten koste gaat van de precisie en de helderheid.' Hans Quant, Luister, mei 2010.

Alexei Volodin werd in 1977 geboren in Leningrad, het latere St. Petersburg. Hij begon op zijn negende met pianolessen. In Moskou studeerde hij piano op de beroemde Gnessin muziekschool en later aan het conservatorium bij Eliso Virsaladze. Hij vervolgde zijn studie op de Intenational Piano Academy Lake Como. Volodin wordt gezien als een van de opmerkelijkste pianisten van zijn generatie. Hij heeft een gevoelige aanslag, een warme klank en briljante techniek. Alexei Volodin is een veelgevraagd pianist bij orkesten van naam.
200 Jahre nach der Geburt Frederic Chopins (01.03.1810) präsentiert Alexei Volodin seine erste Aufnahme bei CHALLENGE CLASSICS und stellt damit unter Beweis, dass er ohne jede äußere Attitüde zum musikalischen Kern der hier eingespielten Werke vorzudringen vermag und seine Zuhörer verzaubert und atemlos zurück lässt. Alexei Volodin, geboren 1977 in St. Petersburg, ist einer der herausragenden Pianisten seiner Generation und erhielt 2003 den 1. Preis beim 9. Geza Anda Concours in Zürich, dem er seinen Karrieredurchbruch verdankt. Die internationale Presse würdigt seine atemberaubende Technik, sein breitgefächertes Repertoire und feiert ihn als stilsicheren Interpreten. Inhalt: 4 Impromptus op. 29, 36, 51 & 66 | Barcarole op. 60 | Polonaise-Fantaisie op. 61 | Sonate h-Moll op. 58 Konzerte: 02. März 2010 Ansbach / 03. März.2010 Kölner Philharmonie / 02.Mai Karlsruhe / 20. Juni Essen: Klavierfestival Ruhr (Recital)

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Alexei Volodin was born in 1977 in St. Petersburg, and began taking piano lessons there at the age of nine. A year later he moved to Moscow, where he studied first with I. Chaklina and later with T. Zelikman at the Gnessin Music School. In 1994 he enrolled in the master class of Professor Elisso Virsaladze at the Moscow Conservatoire. 2001/02 he studied at the Theo Lieven International Piano Foundation in Como.

He has won several prizes at different international competitions. In 2003 he won the First Prize at the ninth edition of the Concours Géza Anda in Zurich, award that launched his international career.

Alexei Volodin has given recitals all over the world. He has also performed with prestigious orchestras, such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Filarmonica alla Scala, the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, the Moscow Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra St. Petersburg , the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, the NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Hanovre, the Orchestra of the Opera Berlin, the Orchestre National de France, the Staatskapelle Weimar, the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra in Budapest, the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra and the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra. He has worked with conductors like Valery Gergiev, Riccardo Chailly, Lorin Maazel, Christopher Hogwood, Jean-Bernard Pommier, Gerd Albrecht, Carlo Rizzi, Vladimir Fedoseyev, David Zinman, Eiji Oué, Myung-Whun Chung, Leopold Hager, Lawrence Foster, Marek Janowski, Zoltán Kocsis, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos among others.

In May 2005, Alexei Volodin gave his debut recital at the Champs-Elysées Theatre in Paris, where he achieved an extraordinary public and critics' success, being immediately re-invited. After his debut recital in Montpellier, he has been re-invited to be "Artist in residence" in the season 2006/07. Alexei Volodin has performed, with great success, in Barcelona, Madrid, Lyon, Rome, Heidelberg, Baden-Baden, Frankfurt, Zurich, Vienna, La Roque d'Anthéron, Amsterdam, Bruxelles, Luxembourg, New York, Tokyo and Toulouse. Among his future engagements are included recitals in the London Wigmore Hall, the Vienna Konzerthaus and the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris.
Other important engagements in the future include several concerts with Valery Gergiev and the London Symphony Orchestra in Germany and Luxembourg as well as with the New York Philharmonic in New York, with Vladimir Fedoseyev and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in the Vienna Konzerthaus, with S. Bychkov and the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Japan, with Edo de Waart and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Switzerland, with Antoni Wit and the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra in Warsaw, with Mikhail Pletnev and the Russian National Orchestra in Cologne. Alexei Volodin is a Steinway Artist.

He made two CDs for "Live Classics" with the live-recording of his Munich Debut and with Beethovens piano sonatas op. 109/106.

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Volodin does not have any difficulty in giving color to this mulifaceted work. His superior handling of the large amount keys compels admiration.
Luister, 13-5-2013

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