HE PLAYED EVERY SINGLE NOTE!
Alexei Volodin at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall,
reviewed by BILL NEWMAN
I coin the phrase following a performance of Beethoven's Violin Concerto by Heifetz when he was partnered by conductor Josef Krips with the Buffalo Philharmonic in the USA. In the present instance [13 June 2012], two very exacting and expressive Beethoven Sonatas were performed by the eminent St Petersburg born keyboard artist Alexei Volodin -- the one in E flat major, Op 31 No 3, and the highly popular 'Pathétique' in C minor, Op 13. The first dates from 1802, and the other composed 1798-9 with its nickname added later by someone else!
Alexei's interpretations were glorious in the sense that poised above the keyboard his full concentration encompassed the musical meaning by total clarity of exposition...
Copyright © 19 June 2012 Bill Newman,