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Vadym Kholodenko: JS Bach Solo Violin Partita No 3

Magazine article Gramophone

Vadym Kholodenko: JS Bach Solo Violin Partita No 3

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Vadym Kholodenko

JS Bach Solo Violin Partita No 3, BWV10063 (a)--Prelude; Gavotte; Gigue Kreisler Liebesleid (a). Liebesfreud (a) Medtner Piano Sonata, 'Night Wind', Op 25 No 2 Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op 61--Scherzo (a) Rachmaninov Polka de WR Schubert Wohin, D795 No 2 (a) Tchaikovsky Lullaby, Op 16 No 1 (a) ((a) transcr Rachmaninov)

Vadym Kholodenko pf

Delos [F] DE3467 (65' * DDD)

For his first solo disc after winning the Gold Medal at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition last year, Vadym Kholodenko sets himself the formidable task of Medtner's Night Wind Sonata. It is a notoriously thorny piece to play, a one-movement epic lasting half an hour in two linked sections, and no less difficult for the listener: the first section is an Allegro in sonata form but seems almost as meandering as the second (Allegro molto sfrenatamente--'riotously'). Yet its relentless restlessness and teeming profusion of ideas cast a mesmeric spell: a remarkable work, which Medtner dedicated to his friend Rachmaninov.

Kholodenko, born in 1986 and from troubled Kiev, gets inside this turbulent score with technique and stamina to spare, evoking everything from 'galloping gusts and shrieking blasts to soft breezes, with swirling eddies' (the Delos booklet), played with a well-recorded, full-blooded tone. …

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