Evgeni Finkelstein is possessed, an artist who devoted heart and soul to classical guitar music and who steals the hearts of his listeners. At the tender age of 22, right after he completed his studies, he got an invitation to lecture guitar at the Moscow Academy. His playing is marked by extraordinary technique coupled with intense musical expressiveness. On the current CD he presents the works of contemporary composers whose style has been influenced by Russian folklore and who, by the same token, explore the sonorous possibilities of the guitar down to the finest levels. Koshkin’s image-filled, fascinating composition "Fall of the Birds" will be a genuine discovery for many listeners, even for those who would be otherwise inclined to reject "modern" sounds. Finkelstein’s congenial interpretation is based on profound knowledge of the composer, with whom he shares ties of friendship. Finkelstein masters the at times difficult technical demands of the works with bravura. We look forward to hearing more from this artist.
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