The CD "Firebird" reflects the unpredictable character of the magical glowing bird in Slavic folklore. The bird can be both a blessing and a curse to its captor. Each piece is rich in complexity with unexpected musical elements – contrasting innocence with danger, stillness with flight, weakness with power, and contemplation with drama.
Special thanks to Marios Papadopoulos, the sound engineers Toni Paris and Ian Watson, the Bergen City Council for the funding received and the KNS classical label & management for publishing.
CD "Khoreia" ("Dance") by Volt & Potenza Duo
Primo: Oda Voltersvik Secondo: Giulio Potenza
Velut Luna Label, released April 2016
Click on the CD cover to listen to samples of three tracks:
* R. Schumann: Ball- Scenen Op.109: Preambule
* Philip Martin: `Electric Prisms` (CD commission, 2015)
* E. Grieg: Holberg Suite Op.40: Rigaudon
VIDEOS & AUDIO recordings - REVIEWS
Sergei Prokofiev: Sonata no. 2 in D minor, Op.14: IV Vivace
* From recital at Sandefjord, MiSK concert series
Alexander Scriabin Fantasy in B minor, Op.28 *
Online Concert on TRUE ART TV
"Giulio Potenza and Oda Voltersvik have a great amalgam, the sound is always defined and mellow, and playing styles are well differentiated between the various periods. The finals are always very light, and the interpretative choices never predictable. There is a nice pearly touch and perfect phrasing of trills that feature in Bach."
Review of the CD `Khoreia` by the renowned Italian musical magazine "Corriere Musicale".
"...I felt cosseted and highly entertained in their hands, not only with playing of the surest unison and harmony, but with the palpable joy and fun of their music-making...I wish them every success"
Review of the CD `Khoreia`, Des Hutchinson, Musicweb-international.com, May 2017
Klassiskmusikk.com, Review by Martin Anderson (February 2019)
“Hats off to Oda Voltersvik for such well-considered programme for her debut recording as a solo pianist: both familiar and unfamiliar names, and unfamiliar music from the familiar names, too – a pity that better-known musicians don’t manifest the same degree of imagination in their choice of repertoire. If Voltersvik’s selection was also intended to show off her technique, too, it has firmly ticked that box, too: she maintains clarity in the busiest of passages, and also knows how to project the warmth of the bass line without losing its focus – a sign that her feet are as intelligent as her fingers.”
“Guido Agosti’s transcription of three dances from The Firebird(...) I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that she uses this piece to bring the house down at her concerts – it’s a cliché to say that all Russian music evokes bells at some point, but Voltersvik really makes the rafters ring in the final Firebird dance.”
«A most auspicious start to a recording career that promises much for the future – and already delivers generously here.»
Sergei Prokofiev: Sonata no.2 in D minor Op.14: II. Allegro marcato
Sibelius Impromptu no. 5 at Grieg Museum, Recital
Edvard Grieg: Tempest Clouds EG 110
Philip Martin "Flight" I.Gathering II.Murmuration
Shostakovich Sonata in B minor, Op.61: III. Moderato
Smetana Etude `On the Seashore` Op.17
Bach Fantasia&Fugue in a minor BWV944
Bela Bartók: 3 Burlesques Op.8c (III.Finale)
Chopin Concerto in E minor, Op. 11. Paderewski Hall, February 2014, Youth Polish- Norwegian Orchestra