About the album
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.
11Impromptu no. 1 A flat major op. 29
12Impromptu no. 2 F sharp major op. 36
13Impromptu no. 3 G flat major op. 51
14Impromptu no. 4 c sharp minor op. 66
15Barcarole F sharp major op. 60
16Polonaise-Fantaisie A flat major op. 61
17Sonata no. 3 b minor op. 58 Allegro maestoso
18Sonata no. 3 b minor op. 58 Scherzo. Molto vivace
19Sonata no. 3 b minor op. 58 Largo
110Sonata no. 3 b minor op. 58 Finale. Presto, ma non tanto
Last week two classical Challenge productions were praised in reviews of two important national newspapers. In the Parool, a four-star review was published about the new CD 'Candybox' by the Matangi Quartet:"Matangi defends all the pieces on their CD with fire and an appealing, delicate flexibility, for which the quartet has been admired, for the last decade." - Erik Voermans - Het Parool Masterpianist Alexei Volodin got his review for ...