Recital 3

Arcadi Volodos

Liszt | Schumann

Thu, 21.11. | 19.30 | No. 19509

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Piano Festival

16.11.-24.11. 2019



    Arcadi Volodos  piano
    Franz Liszt (1811–1886)
    Sonetto 123 del Petrarca from Années de pèlerinage – Deuxième année: Italie S 161, no. 6
    La lugubre gondola S 200, no. 2
    Saint François d’Assise: La Prédication aux oiseaux S 175, no. 1
    Ballade No. 2 in B minor S 171
    Robert Schumann (1810–1856)
    March from Colored Leaves, Op. 99
    Evening Music from Colored Leaves, Op. 99
    Humoreske in B flat major, Op. 20

    When the Russian pianist Arcadi Volodos emerged into the spotlight in the 1990s with wildly virtuosic piano transcriptions, the press anointed him the “new Horowitz.” However much that was an honor for him, his everyday life from then on became just as exhausting. “For 17 years, I did nothing but travel. It was always just hotel, airport, concert hall. I got to see nothing else.” But Volodos assessed the situation and drastically reduced his number of concerts, from 200 to 50 a year, concentrating on Europe and imposing a regimen of slowing down and weeks to himself to recharge his batteries. This therapy had a very welcome effect on his art as well. He now works with more nuanced repertoire, such as the filigree miniatures of the Spanish composer Federico Mompou and the austere late work of Johannes Brahms. And the results are quite impressive. His album Volodos Plays Brahms received a Gramophone award, the Diapason d’or, and the Edison Klassiek in 2018. Volodos now returns to LUCERNE FESTIVAL after a 14-year hiatus with a double portrait of two very different Romantics, Liszt and Schumann.

    18.30 | KKL Luzern, Auditorium
    Concert Introduction with Susanne Stähr (in German)