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Arcadi Volodos

May 7, 2009

Scaling Rachmaninoff

No pianist tackles the monumental third piano concerto of Sergei Rachmaninoff without a lot of thought, and perhaps a deep breath and even a prayer before walking out on stage. It's one of the most difficult works in the piano repertoire. Russian pianist Arcadi Volodos loves big challenges. On today's show, he'll climb the Mt. Everest of piano concertos, the infamous "Rach Three," accompanied by Jukka-Pekka Saraste and the Oslo Philharmonic.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Ernst von Dohnanyi
    Toccata from "Humoresques," Op. 17
    Pianist Jeno Jano
  • Ernst von Dohnanyi
    "Symphonic Minutes"
    The Cleveland Orchestra with conductor Ivan Fischer
    Severance Hall, Cleveland
  • John Taverner
    "Credo" from "The Western Wind Mass"
    Schola Cantorum San Francisco with conductor Paul Flight
    Old First Presbyterian Church, San Francisco
  • Arvo Part
    "Summa" for Violin, two Violas, and Cello
    Violinist Ayano Ninomiya, violists Colin Jacobsen and Nicholas Cords, and cellist Edward Arron
    Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Bridgehampton, New York
  • Perotin
    "Ex Semine Rosa"
    Stanford Memorial Church, Palo Alto, California
  • Anonymous
    "Virga Jesse Floruit"
    Stanford Memorial Church, Palo Alto, California
  • Antonin Dvorak
    "Four Romantic Pieces for Violin and Piano," Op. 75
    Violinist Joshua Bell and pianist Jeremy Denk
    Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth, Texas

hour 2

  • Sergei Rachmaninoff
    Pianist Arcadi Volodos
  • Sergei Prokofiev
    Gavotte from "Cinderella"
    Pianist Arcadi Volodos
  • Antonio Vivaldi
    Sinfonia in C, from "Giusino," RV 717
    The Venice Baroque Orchestra with conductor Andrea Marcon
    Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff
    Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30
    Pianist Arcadi Volodos with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste
    Concert Hall, Oslo, Norway
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