Volodos plays Mompou

Volodos plays Mompou

Arcadi Volodos

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Born into a musical family in Saint Petersburg, Arcadi Volodos flirted with conducting and singing before committing to the piano at the age of 15. Following studies in Moscow, Paris, and Madrid, he began quickly commenced his performing career, appearing as a soloist with the world's best orchestras and giving recitals at the most celebrated venues. His discography spans live and studio recordings, and surveys a diverse collection of styles. Volodos’ championship of Spanish composer Frederic Mompou is one such example of his fresh and exciting approach. Described by a French critic as "the only disciple and successor to Claude Debussy," Mompou left a small but significant body of work. Born in Barcelona in 1893, he studied first at the local Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu before taking up a place at the Paris Conservatoire. Having been influenced by a childhood experience of hearing Gabriel Fauré perform, he hoped to study with him in the French capital. Despite arriving in Paris armed with a letter of introduction from his countryman Enrique Granados, it wasn't to be. Mompou entered the piano department and studied with Isidor Philipp, before realising he wasn’t suited to a career on the concert platform. His piano and guitar works form the more significant part of Mompou’s legacy, although he also composed some choral music and a single ballet. Arcadi Volodos' commitment to highlighting these charming and regrettably little-known piano works is laudable, and this album won critical acclaim and a Gramophone Award in the wake of its 2013 release. read more

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