Musician, narrator, and enchanter, unique for the infinite variety of colors that accompanies his interpretations, Arcadi Volodos is currently one of the best pianists in the world, considered a genius for his ability to combine a prodigious virtuoso technique with a deep and expressive musicality that makes his performances touching and communicative.
Any appearance by the Russian-born pianist is a major event: the program brought to the stage of the Auditorium Parco della Musica makes it possible to appreciate all the technical and musical facets of this talented and refined musician. Liszt and Schumann’s music traces a journey to the innermost soul of 19th-century romanticism.
The Lisztian world emerges in all its surprising lyricism in the small anthology of works chosen to open the concert: the “Petrarch’s sonnet 123”, “La lugubre gondola” (one of the versions composed in memory of Richard Wagner, who died in Venice), “St. Francis of Assisi Preaching To The Birds”, and the “Ballade no. 2”. The two pages from “Bunte Blätter” and the “Humoreske” take us to Schumann’s universe, with his poetic celebration of the joy and sorrow of creativity, made of contrasts and changes of moods, and with a sound that is always intense, beautiful, and full of poetry.
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