The Russian composer Sergei Vasilenko (1872-1956) was influenced by the nineteenth-century nationalist school, by his teacher Taneyev and by Scriabin, adding an interest in Symbolism and hints of early modernism. The discovery of the seven viola compositions on this CD — most of them unknown before now — not only expands the repertoire of the instrument; it also points to the courage of a composer who spent his life treading the tight-rope between his own musical interests and the demands of Soviet 'socialist realism'.
Elena Artamonova, viola Nicholas Walker, piano
Four Pieces on Old Lute Music, Op. 35 (1918) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0127/TOCC0127t06.mp3
Suite Zodiakus I.A.S. after Unknown Authors of the Eighteenth Century (c. 1914) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0127/TOCC0127t12.mp3
Four Pieces (1953) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0127/TOCC0127t17.mp3
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Catalogue No: TOCC0127EAN/UPC: 5060113441270Release Date: 05.09.2011Composer: Sergei Vasilenko Artists: Elena Artamonova, Nicholas Walker
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