Alexei Volodin
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Archive listings for Alexei Volodin

Work type: Concert.


Fairy tale atmosphere pervades an all-Russian musical evening graced by Alexei Volodin's supreme technique. Nikolai Medtner's Fairy Tales (Skazki) have a sweeping grandeur initially reminiscent of Rachmaninov, but which possess harmonic touches that are all Medtner's own. Prokofiev's single-movement Third Sonata is a short, energetic work written in 1917, using themes he had composed while a student a decade earlier. Volodin closes his programme with Rachmaninov's first Piano Sonata - the lesser-known of the composer's two works in the genre. It's a work of swirling textures and powerful mood changes, which Rachmaninov originally planned as a programmatic sonata based on the Faust legend. Although he seems to have abandoned that idea, traces of this initial intention can still be heard in the tumultuous music.
26 Feb 20Southbank Centre, West End :: V423
listing details L1946034435


The acclaimed Russian pianist Alexei Volodin performs a beautiful recital of Romantic classics. St Petersburg-born Volodin, has been much praised for what The Guardian described as his 'staggering technique and furious accuracy'. He opens the programme with Schubert's 4 Impromptus reflecting a wealth of human emotions in the most sublime melodies. After the interval he performs Chopin's stunning and virtuosic Polonaise-Fantaisie and Schumann's Carnaval, a series of whimsical musical portraits in which the composer imagines an array of his friends and acquaintances - including Chopin himself - as characters at a masked ball.
5 Jun 15Southbank Centre, West End :: V423
listing details L682042161

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