Soviet Russian Viola Music

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Soviet Russian Viola Music



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1st Feb 2010




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Soviet Russian Viola Music


Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 44

(To Yuri Kramarov). World Premiere Recording

Frid, Grigory:

Sonata for Viola, Op. 62, No. 1

(To Fedor Druzhinin)

Krein, Yulian:

Sonata for Viola and Piano

(To Galina Kalacheva). World Premiere Recording


Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 15

(To Vadim Borisovsky)


Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 46

(To Vadim Borisovsky). World Premiere Recording

Igor Fedotov (viola) & Leonid Vechkhayzer & Gary Hammond (piano)



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Here is a recording of rarities on two counts. Not only is the music of Kriukov, Vasilenko, Frid, Krein and Bogdanov-Berezovsky little known outside of Russia, but viola sonatas are as welcome as they are scarce.

Romantic lyricism, the influence of Scriabin and Shostakovich, Russian emotionalism and a touch of French sensibility each thread through these engaging works which exploit the viola’s rich tone.

Igor Fedotov and Leonid Vechkhayzer here make their Naxos débuts, while Gary Hammond can also be heard on Naxos’s recording of music by Lucien Lambert sr. and jr. (8559037).

Vladimir Kryukov: Viola Sonata, Op. 15

Viola Sonata, Op. 15

Sergey Vasilenko: Viola Sonata, Op. 46

Viola Sonata, Op. 46

Grigory Frid: Viola Sonata, Op. 62, No. 1

I. Tranquillo e molto cantabile

II. Allegro

III. Lento

Yulian Krein: Viola Sonata

I. Moderato

II. Andante

III. Animato

Valerian Bogdanov-Berezovsky: Viola Sonata, Op. 44

I. Allegro assai e poco inquieto

II. Tema con variazioni

III. Postludia

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