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Monday, September 24, 2007

Rachmaninov Piano Concerto 2 Arcadi Volodos BBC Proms 1998 part 1

Arcadi Volodos is soloist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Riccardo Chailly (London Proms)

Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, op.18
Piano: Arcadi Volodos
Riccardo Chailly
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Royal Albert Hall, London

Volodos is one of the world's top piano virtuosos. The spontaneity of his playing and his ability to pull off impossibly difficult passages with seeming ease contribute to the popularity of his dazzling live performances. Arcadi Volodos, celebrated as a "keyboard genius", is without a doubt one of today's most outstanding and internationally interesting pianists. Whether in concert or on CD, his playing is always marked by a combination of breathtaking technical virtuosity and profound and expressive musicality.

'Arcadi Volodos, like Chailly and his orchestra, played to traditional strengths. Muscular and heroic, his account also found room for the poetic and wistful.'

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