Russian Guitar Music of the 20th and 21st centuriesBORIS ASAFIEV (1882-1949): 2 Etudes, 2 Preludes and Valses, 12 Preludes, 6 Romances in Old Style, Theme with Variations after Tchaikovsky, ALEXANDER IVANOV-KRAMSKOI (1912-1973): 2 Preludes, EDISON DENISOV (1929-1996): Sonata, SOFIA GUBAIDULINA (b.1931): Serenade, Toccata, GERMAN DZHAPARIDZE (b.1939): Two Visions in White, VALERI KIKTA (b.1941): Sonata, EVGENY BAEV (b.1952): 5 Stichera, Sonatas I-III, SERGEI RUDNEV (b.1952): The Old Lime Tree, VICTOR KOZLOV (b.1958): Dedication to the Russian Land, ELENA POPLYANOVA (b.1961): Sonata, VITALY KHARISOV (b.1962): 4 Preludes, Sonatine.
Catalogue Number: 07T051
Label: Brilliant Classics
Description: A renaissance took place in classical guitar composition following the triumphant tour of Andres Segovia across Soviet Russia in 1926. The impact of that event may be felt not only in the work of Asafiev, who saw Segovia play, but even two generations later in the Hispanic flair of Denisov’s Sonata, which revives the kind of naturalistic love‐affair of Russian artists with the country that had produced Glinka’s Jota aragonesa and Rimsky‐Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol. But there is much more here than picture-postcard imitation and love in a cold climate. Local Georgian rhythms and traditions may be savoured in the sonata of Dzhaparidze; there are two early, vibrant miniatures by Gubaidulina; the work of more guitar‐specialised composers such as Kharisov, Kikta and Viktor is much less well‐known outside their native land. 4 CDs. Cristiano Porqueddu (guitar).