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Reminiscences of Russia - Guitar Music of Vassiliev, Rudnev & Koslov / Irina Kulikova, guitar

Album Summary

>Vassiliev, Konstantin : Three Forest Paintings, for guitar
>Rudnev, Serge : The Old Lime Tree, for guitar
>Vassiliev, Konstantin : Swan Princess, for guitar
>Kozlov, Viktor : Dedication to the Russian Land, for guitar
>Vassiliev, Konstantin : Three Lyric Pieces, for guitar
>Rudnev, Serge : Between Steep Banks, improvisation for guitar
>Kozlov, Viktor : Flying Dutchman, for guitar
>Kozlov, Viktor : Ballade for Beautiful Elena, for guitar
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Multiple award-winning guitarist Irina Kulikova celebrates her 25th anniversary as a performer with this recording of works by contemporary Russian composer-guitarists. Winner of the Michele Pittaluga, Guitarra Alhambra, Iserlohn and Forum Gitarre Wien competitions, she has selected a program that reflects the abiding strength of the folkloric vein in Russian musical life. Rich and expressive poetry is the hallmark of the music of Konstantin Vassiliev, not least in his homages to other composers in Three Lyric Pieces, while Sergey Rudnev and Viktor Kozlov explore vibrant dance patterns and moments of tranquility in their own equally color-conscious compositions.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
This is the third recording by Kulikova I've reviewed (J/F 2010 & N/D 2011). Both of those made my Best of the Year lists, and this is just as fine. She is a remarkable artist, deeply expressive, with complete technical command. Every note counts with her, and she shapes the music with a romantic sensibility balanced by exquisite taste. She presents here a recital of music by living Russian guitarist composers. I was surprised to learn that all of these composers are still living - their music is attractive. Konstantin Vassiliev was born when I entered college in 1970. It's lovely stuff - particularly the Three Forest Paintings. Each of the lyric pieces is a tribute to another composer: Rachmaninoff, Barrios, and Villa-Lobos. Viktor Koslov and Sergei Rudnev are both of my generation. Beautiful music played beautifully - life is good.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St John Chrysostom Church, Ontario, Canada (10/03/2013-10/06/2013).



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Works Details

>Vassiliev, Konstantin : Three Forest Paintings, for guitar
  • Performer: Irina Kulikova (Guitar)
  • Notes: St John Chrysostom Church, Ontario, Canada (10/03/2013-10/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

>Rudnev, Serge : The Old Lime Tree, for guitar
  • Performer: Irina Kulikova (Guitar)
  • Notes: St John Chrysostom Church, Ontario, Canada (10/03/2013-10/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Vassiliev, Konstantin : Swan Princess, for guitar
  • Performer: Irina Kulikova (Guitar)
  • Notes: St John Chrysostom Church, Ontario, Canada (10/03/2013-10/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010

>Kozlov, Viktor : Dedication to the Russian Land, for guitar
  • Performer: Irina Kulikova (Guitar)
  • Notes: St John Chrysostom Church, Ontario, Canada (10/03/2013-10/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990

>Vassiliev, Konstantin : Three Lyric Pieces, for guitar
  • Performer: Irina Kulikova (Guitar)
  • Notes: St John Chrysostom Church, Ontario, Canada (10/03/2013-10/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

>Rudnev, Serge : Between Steep Banks, improvisation for guitar
  • Performer: Irina Kulikova (Guitar)
  • Notes: St John Chrysostom Church, Ontario, Canada (10/03/2013-10/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1980

>Kozlov, Viktor : Flying Dutchman, for guitar
  • Performer: Irina Kulikova (Guitar)
  • Notes: St John Chrysostom Church, Ontario, Canada (10/03/2013-10/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1993

>Kozlov, Viktor : Ballade for Beautiful Elena, for guitar
  • Performer: Irina Kulikova (Guitar)
  • Notes: St John Chrysostom Church, Ontario, Canada (10/03/2013-10/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1994