Alexei Volodin

Critical acclaim for Volodin’s recording of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.4 with The Mariinsky Orchestra

11 February 2016

Alexei Volodin’s recently released recording of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.4 with Valery Gergiev and The Mariinsky Orchestra (Mariinsky Label) has garnered rave reviews.

As well as receiving a Choc de Classica, Classical Music Magazine selected the album as Editor’s Choice, awarding it five stars, whilst Gramophone described Volodin’s playing as “authentic” and “sensitive”. BBC Music Magazine, also awarding the recording five stars, writes that Volodin “approach[es] the fast movements with mercurial wit and dazzling clarity of fingerwork…allow[s] Prokofiev’s natural lyricism to come to the fore in the slow movement”.

HR Audio go on to describe Volodin’s performance as “wonderfully mercurial … Volodin's fluent and apparently effortless pianism, matched by the alert accompaniment from Gergiev and his superb orchestra, make a most convincing case for this unjustly neglected work.”

Artist-in-Residence at the Mariinsky Theatre last season, Volodin continued his collaboration with the orchestra and Gergiev in November 2015, performing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.4 in the Münchner Philharmoniker’s series.