Viktor Stepanovych Kosenko (1896–1938) was one of the most important Ukrainian composers and pianists of the first half of the twentieth century. His Eleven Etudes in the Form of Old Dances, Op. 19, of 1927–29 offer an organic synthesis of the late-Romantic piano tradition, neo-Classical impulses in their use of Baroque dance-forms, and elements of Ukrainian folk-music. This recording of a neglected monument in the piano literature is the first step in the discovery of a composer who was once a cultural icon in his native Ukraine but is now as good as unknown outside its borders.
Natalya Shkoda, piano
Catalogue No: TOCC0036EAN/UPC: 5060113440365Release Date: 01.01.2006Composer: Viktor Stepanovych Kosenko Artists: Natalya Shkoda
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Lance G. Hill :
“Don’t be afraid at all to go after this recorded-in-America performance by a Ukrainian pianist, with music composed by a Ukraininan composer on a disc with outstanding documentation manufactured in England! Five stars and totally recommended.” —Lance G. Hill, Klassical Music Guide
Maggie Williams :
“This is the first recording of Eleven Etudes in the form of Old Dances to be made outside Ukraine – although the Ukrainian-born pianist Natalya Shkoda, making her recording debut, retains a geographic link. If this disk, volume one of Kosenko’s piano music with at least two more disks planned, is anything to go by it is a great shame that these works have received such limited attention. These lyrical, accessible pieces were composed between 1927-1929. They make no secret of Kosenko’s Ukrainian folk music influences but also stay roughly true to the dance forms such as bourrées, sarabandes, gavottes and menuets that he employs.” —Maggie Williams, International Piano
Colin Anderson :
“This is immensely attractive music that has been rescued from obscurity by Toccata Classics and Natalya Shkoda.” —Colin Anderson, Classical Source
J. Scott Morrison :
“Natalya Shkoda, the marvelous pianist on this disc, is herself a Ukrainian currently living in Texas. She makes a convincing advocate for this wonderful music. We are told this is ‘Volume 1’ of Kosenko’s piano music and I for one am eager to hear more.” —Amazon Review
Nicholas Vincent :
This is a revelation: Bach meets Bulghakov. Not to be missed, and very well played. The final Gigue is a truly virtuosic piece.
Mike Williams :
Another great Toccata find. It made me look for the scores to try some of this myself.
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