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Piano Transcriptions / Arcadi Volodos

Arcadi Volodos , Vladimir Horowitz , Sergey Rachmaninov , Franz Liszt , Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov , Sergey Prokofiev , Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky , Johann Sebastian Bach , Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Audio CD
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listen  1. Carmen Variations after Vladimir Horowitz (1968 version) (Instrumental) 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Utro, Op. 4, No.2 from 6 Songs (Instrumental) 2:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Melodiya, Op. 21, No. 9 from 12 Songs (Instrumental) 3:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, S. 244 after Vladimir Horowitz 9:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Litanei, S. 562, No. 1 from Geistliche Lieder (Instrumental) 3:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Aufenthalt, S. 560, No. 3 from Schwanengesang (Instrumental) 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Liebesbotschaft, S. 560, No. 10 from Schwanengesang 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Flight of the Bumblebee (Interlude from The Tale of the Tsar Saltan) (Instrumental) 1:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Gavotte, Op. 95, No. 2 from ballet Cinderella (Instrumental) 2:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Orientale, Op. 97, No. 6 from ballet Cinderella (Instrumental) 2:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Valse, Op. 102, No. 1 from ballet Cinderella (Instrumental) 5:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Scherzo from Symphony No. 6 "Pathetique" (Instrumental) 9:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Largo from Trio Sonata No. 5, BWV 529 (Instrumental) 7:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Turkish March (Concert Paraphrase), based on Rondo alla Turka from Piano Sonata in A Major, K. 331 (Instrumental) 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Performer: Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov, Sergey Prokofiev, Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky, Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Composer: Arcadi Volodos, Vladimir Horowitz, Sergey Rachmaninov, Franz Liszt
  • Audio CD (July 1, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000029T8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,330 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Face it, anyone who can play Horowitz's fabled transcriptions or Cziffra's madcap interlocking octaves Flight of the Bumblebee will get attention. What is most impressive, though, is that Arcadi Volodos replicates the notes, but not the performances. His tempos and voicings are completely different, and just as valid, if not quite as coruscating as the originals. In other words, Volodos makes this repertoire his own, as well as the other selections on this well-recorded debut outing. --Jed Distler

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heir to Horowitz? No, a Genius in His Own Right February 17, 2000
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This recording is simply stupendous. The accolades heaped here in these reviews and elsewhere are all deserved. Although I guess it's inevitable that he be compared to Horowitz (after all, in both CDs released so far he plays Horowitz transcriptions), I contend Volodos is worthy of praise in his own right. His technique is mind-boggling. Even more stupendous is his phrasing and interpretation. By this measure he departs measurably from Horowitz, who achieved velocity at the expense of accuracy and phrasing. It can even be said that Horowitz lacked warmth in many of his recordings, favoring virtuosity instead. The same cannot be said of Volodos. Consider the Bach Largo on this disc, and the three Prokofiev Cinderella pieces for instance. Volodos uncovers depths previously undiscovered in recordings by Richter, Sandor, Ortiz, Berman, and Chiu, and even in the Orchestral version. That he brings new meaning to 'old' music is testament to his maturity and understanding. That he can transcribe a simple melody such as Mozart's Rondo Alla Turca into a spellbinding yet reverent virtuoso piece is proof he's a genius. I sense this will be forever regarded as one of the greatest debut albums.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horowitz, Cziffra - and now Volodos. September 16, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Anyone who records Horowitz's "Carmen Variations" and Cziffra's "Flight of the Bumblebee" (after Rimsky-Korsakov) has to be either lamentably deluded or a virtuoso of the very, very first rank. The latter case is breathtakingly demonstrated in this wonderful CD. The Romantic School of Pianism is alive and well, thank you! Volodos also plays transcriptions of his own: two Rachmaninoff songs and the famous Mozart "Rondo alla Turca", both in the best tradition of the giants he is emulating so successfully. Little-known, but fascinating transcriptions by Feinberg (Bach and Tchaikovsky) will probably be new to almost everybody. I am sure we will hear much more of Arcadi Volodos in the future; I can only recommend most strongly that you hear him now.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another praise filled review, but first... December 19, 1999
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...a question. Is there some reason why Maestro Volodos' Carnegie Hall album is impossible to find on this website?
Anyway, about this album, I must admit I probably wasn't one of the first to hear of it. I only became aware of it when it was nominated for a Grammy--perhaps one of the only times the awards show brought anything new to my attention. I was initially most intrigued by the Horowitz transcriptions. Volodos is obviously a big fan of Mr. Horowitz, as he plays many of his arrangements. But he is no Horowitz, which is not necessarily a bad thing. To my ear, no one can approach the mephistophelian quality of Horowitz at his most demonic. On the other hand, Horowitz never had the warmth and evenness that Volodos conjures in the slow pieces, and it is here that I'm most impressed by his musicianship. With Horowitz, I almost always sense a sort of tension when he plays adagio, as if all that energy is struggling to break forth from the restraint. Volodos has no such difficulties; pieces like Rachmaninoff's Utro and the Schubert/Liszt Litanie flow like placid water.
That's not to say that he doesn't possess the Russian musclepower. With the more virtuosic pieces there is a nice sense of weight and digital dexterity. The notes resonate but don't blur, and his dynamic range ranks with the best. And as far as his own transcription of the Rondo Alla Turca, it is on a par with Horowitz's Stars and Stripes forever.
In terms of tone and musical sensibility, rather than making the Horowitz comparison, I'd say he comes closer to channeling Gilels at his very best. And that's my review.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Technically brilliant October 24, 2002
By BenP
Format:Audio CD
Technically, this is the finest performance I have ever heard of some of these these transcriptions. The crispness (due partly to the fine recording quality of this 1997 production) is phenomenal, particularly in Liszt's 2nd Rhapsody and in Volodos' "Turkish March" transcription.
Technical Brilliance is not all Mr. Volodos has, however. Contrary to a reviewer below, he has beautiful expression. In fact, it takes him a full minute longer to play Horowitz' 2nd Hungarian Rhapsody transcription than it took Horowitz himself, and it is not in the difficult technical passages that Volodos lags behind. The middle part, soft but rich with expression, is what puts him a minute behind Horowitz. This is just one example of Volodos' superb taste. While, as other reviewers have pointed out, he does not play Horowitz' transcriptions quite like the original master did, he plays them with his own interpretation. After all, who wants a complete copy? He brings out other aspects of the Carmen Variations that perhaps Horowitz didn't even know he had in it. And all by ear.
Volodos, born in 1972, was 25 at the time of this concert. While his young age might make his expression and feeling different from the transcribers he is playing from, overall this is a great recording to have in your library.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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I agree with most of the superlatives regarding Volodos with one exception. I don't think Cziffra, with all due respect, is in the same league as Rachmaninoff, Horowitz, Richter, Hofmann, Solomon, and a few other truly superlative pianists. For one thing, Cziffra wasn't very musical. His fingers were fast, but that's about it, despite the hoopla on the DVD/Video, The Art of the Piano. He was perhaps featured because like a couple of the mid-level commentators on the DVD/Video, Cziffra was Hungarian. His playing was at best, very good. At it's worst, unlistenable. With Volodos, you have a truly unlimited piano maestro. His technical ability is at the highest rank. His musical quality, also of the highest rank. In short, he has no limit in talent. Rumor has it he is a bit undisciplined and cancels concerts a lot. I hope he avoids the plague of some great artists -- getting lost in their own fame and ability so much they self-destruct. Van Cliburn was a great pianist as a young man. After becoming famous for being famous, his skills (limited by a limited repertoire) declined to the point that he embarassed himself this summer while trying to play piano at the Aspen Music Festival. Would like to see Volodos come out with a DVD of live piano playing. I own all of Volodos' CDs and have even given them to friends as presents. My only caveat with Volodos is that he sometimes chooses novel, yet boring repertoire. This is true mostly in his Carnegie Hall CD, which should be purchased if only for the first track where Volodos plays the most electrifyingly wonderful Hungarian Rhapsody. This CD here, the Piano Transcriptions, is perhaps his best. There are a number of wonderful tracks, e.g. the Hungarian Rhapsody No. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dazzling technique applied to musical ends
This well recorded set of performances from 1996 could so easily have degenerated into a musically empty display of technical virtuosity. Read more
Published 10 months ago by I. Giles
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating transcriptions - a lost art form
So much has been written about this 1997 recording of piano transcriptions that another bravo from the balcony seems almost irrelevant. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Grady Harp
5.0 out of 5 stars Volodos has great warmth and humor as well as soul
.I was introduced to Volodos by surfing You Tube late one night. It was during a rough time in my life so I would watch and listen to him play his interpretations of variations on... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Susan
5.0 out of 5 stars Miracle of 21st century pianism..The Russian Virtuoso Arcadi Volodos.
Currently the finest pianist of the century. Heir to Horowitz. No other pianist can bring to life Horowitz's transcriptions the way Volodos can. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Stanley K. Taub Productions
5.0 out of 5 stars Arcadi Volodos plays piano transcriptions
There are a dozen tracks on this CD of transcriptions of songs, instrumental and orchestral works by various composers from Bach to Prokofiev. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Dr. H. A. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Arcadi Volodos and his phenomenal recording debut
Great Russian virtuoso Arcadi Volodos is 40 these days. One can say he is at the fullest of his keyboard prowess. Read more
Published on February 22, 2012 by P. Adrian
5.0 out of 5 stars A cult recording!
Yesterday afternoon I received this CD as my first gift of 2012. And the initial premise surpassed all my expectations. Read more
Published on January 4, 2012 by Hiram Gomez Pardo
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive
The performances are brilliant; Volodos's genius shines through (especially in the Turkish March); and it sets the standard for any other performances of those Horowitz pieces... Read more
Published on May 8, 2008 by Mark Liedtke
5.0 out of 5 stars Volodos
The piano transcriptions are fantastic.

Volodos proves that he's a real genious and one of the best in the world today.
Published on June 8, 2007 by Warrie Jacques
2.0 out of 5 stars Warning: Saddening waste of technical gifts
I do not want to take away the pleasure of the many reviewers who have found this item a thrilling enjoyment. Read more
Published on February 6, 2007 by Nikolaj Nottelmann
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