IGOR RAYKHELSON (b.1961): Violin Concerto in C Minor, Viola Concerto in A Minor.

Catalogue Number: 08O089

Label: Toccata Classics

Reference: TOCC 0130

Format: CD

Price: $18.98

Description: In his first recording on this label five years ago (08J107), we noted Raykhelson's formal grounding in both classical music and jazz. His later music has trended more toward the former and the 31-minute violin concerto here (2007), a response to the intense passions of meeting his second wife, is an unabashed, neo-Romantic work with "big tunes" that is in a direct line from Korngold. The viola work (2005) returns to a crossoverish style, with Rachmaninov and Prokofiev often suggested by the openhearted lyricism of its first three movements while the finale, in response to a direct request by soloist Bashmet for jazz elements, recreates a jazz bar, complete with drummer beginning the movement in swing rhythm. Nikolai Sachenko (violin), Yuri Bashmet (viola), Novaya Rossiya Orchestra; Claudio Vandelli, Alexander Slatkovsky.

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