In the words of his friend the violist and conductor Yuri Bashmet, the composer-pianist Igor Raykhelson – born in Leningrad in 1961 and now resident in New York – 'possesses a superb mastery of both classical and jazz idioms’. The highly individual fusion of styles that results, Bashmet continues, 'elevates his music over that of many other composers creating in the genre often referred to as “crossover”’. The Jazz Suite on this CD exhibits Raykhelson’s popular style at its most infectiously catchy; the other three works here – in the Russian tradition of writing for strings initiated by Tchaikovsky – present the more classical side of his muse.
Igor Raykhelson, piano Yuri Bashmet, viola, conductor Elena Revich, violin Igor Butman, saxophone Yuri Golubev, double-bass Eduard Zizak, drums Moscow-Soloists, ensemble
Catalogue No: TOCC0055EAN/UPC: 5060113440556Release Date: 03.09.2007Composer: Igor Raykhelson Artists: Eduard Zizak, Elena Revich, Igor Butman, Igor Raykhelson, Moscow-Soloists, Yuri Bashmet, Yuri Golubev
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Jazz Suite for Viola, Saxophone and Orchestra (2005) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0055/TOCC0055t07.mp3
Carla Rees :
“The Adagio for viola and strings is a beautiful work, with a strong sense of emotion. Bashmet plays with richness of tone and musical elegance….This was an interesting disc, with some lovely moments….[W]orthy of exploration.” —Carla Rees, MusicWeb International
Erik Levi :
“…the combination of Raykhelson’s natural fluency, the persuasive playing of the Moscow Soloists and fine engineering sweeps away and lingering doubts.” —Erik Levi, BBC Music Magazine
Patric Standford :
“… superb interaction of…distinguished performers for…success” —Patric Standford, Music & Vision
Evening Standard :
“Raykhelson is the latest discovery on Toccata Classics, a British label devoted to neglected composers. He won’t be ignored much longer.” —Evening Standard
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