Igor Raykhelson: Jazz Suite and other works

Catalogue No: TOCC0055
EAN/UPC: 5060113440556
Release Date: 2007-09-03
Composer: Igor Raykhelson
Artists: Eduard Zizak, Elena Revich, Igor Butman, Igor Raykhelson, Moscow-Soloists, Yuri Bashmet, Yuri Golubev

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

5 reviews for Igor Raykhelson: Jazz Suite and other works

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    ‘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

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    ‘…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

  3. :

    ‘… superb interaction of…distinguished performers for…success’

    —Patric Standford, Music & Vision

  4. :

    ‘Raykhelson is the latest discovery on Toccata Classics, a British label devoted to neglected composers. He won’t be ignored much longer.’

    Evening Standard

  5. :

    ‘The Jazz Suite offers evidence that the so-called third stream has not run dry, and anyone interested in the broader question of the place of concert music in a vernacular musical world should hear it.’

    —James Manheim, AllMusic

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