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)
Suite Zodiakus I.A.S. after Unknown Authors of the Eighteenth Century (c. 1914)
Four Pieces (1953)
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Catalogue No: TOCC0127EAN/UPC: 5060113441270Release Date: 05.09.2011Composer: Sergei Vasilenko Artists: Elena Artamonova,
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