Recital 3

Arcadi Volodos

Liszt | Schumann

Thu, 21.11. | 19.30 | No. 19509

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Piano Festival

16.11.-24.11. 2019



    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.

    Arcadi Volodos

    Arcadi Volodos, who was born in 1972 in St. Petersburg to parents who were both singers, initially studied voice and conducting at the St. Petersburg Conservatory before deciding to focus entirely on piano playing (starting in 1987); he completed his piano training with Galina Egizarowa at the Moscow Conservatory, with Jacques Rouvier at the Paris Conservatoire, and with Dmitri Bashkirov at the Reina Sofía College of Music in Madrid. Without ever having participated in an international competition, Volodos was “discovered” by a record manager at a private concert in 1996 and then signed to a large label. In 1997, he released his first recording, a CD of transcriptions that included his own arrangements. It caused a sensation, as did his live appearances. Volodos soon received offers to perform in the leading international concert venues. Since then he has also worked with such major orchestras as the Berlin Philharmonic, the New York and Israel Philharmonics, the Chicago and Boston Symphony Orchestras, the Royal Concertgebouworkest, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Dresden, and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. His repertoire focuses on works by Beethoven, the Romantics, and Russian and Spanish composers. During the 2019-20 season, Volodos will perform at the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Berlin Philharmonie, the London Barbican Centre, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Parco della Musica di Roma, and the Auditorium Gulbenkian in Lisbon. His recordings have won numerous prizes. His 2017 album Volodos Plays Brahms, which includes late piano pieces by the composer, received the Diapason d’or, a Gramophone Award, and an Edison Award. His most recent recording, dedicated to piano music by Franz Schubert, was released in November.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 16 August 1997 playing Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto with the Royal Concertgebouworkest under Riccardo Chailly.

    October 2019

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