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Right from the dramatic gestures that open the first track, Prelude No 7, Volodos’s sovereign way with the music of Catalan composer Frederic Mompou is clear. And as the music becomes ever more interior, so the pianist’s resonance seems to intensify further. Volodos himself writes eloquently about his encounter with the music of Mompou (‘one of the most profound and enriching experiences of my life’), but far more eloquent, perhaps, is his playing.

Volodos is renowned for his breathtaking virtuosity, but this disc marks something of a departure, a window into his more reflective side. His variety of touch seems limitless – an aspect of his playing heard in microcosm, perhaps, in Scènes d’enfants. The sheer poignancy of the ghost of a dance that is the concluding movement of this set is miraculous indeed, a sort of cross between Chopin and Debussy with an authentically Catalan tinge. Similarly, the swirls of sound in El lago (from Paisajes) seem to be internalised Impressionism.

Eleven of the 28 pieces in Musica callada are included here. This music is, if this seems at all possible, Mompou refined down to his most basic and telling elements. Volodos plays with a hypnotic mysticism, almost inviting comparison with the soundworld of Scriabin.

Production values are of the highest standard (extended essays, lavish colour illustrations, stunning recording), all of which seems to reflect the beauty and rightness of Volodos’s actual playing. A very special, memorable disc.

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