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listen  1. Viola Sonata, Op. 1512:42Album Only
listen  2. Viola Sonata, Op. 4618:40Album Only
listen  3. Viola Sonata, Op. 62, No. 1: I. Tranquillo e molto cantabile 4:55$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Viola Sonata, Op. 62, No. 1: II. Allegro - 3:54$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Viola Sonata, Op. 62, No. 1: III. Lento 5:10$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Viola Sonata: I. Moderato 4:45$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Viola Sonata: II. Andante 3:43$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Viola Sonata: III. Animato 2:48$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Viola Sonata, Op. 44: I. Allegro assai e poco inquieto 8:14Album Only
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listen11. Viola Sonata, Op. 44: III. Postludia 2:42$0.89  Buy MP3 


Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 23, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0030UO9QS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #478,440 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Here is a recording of rarities on two counts. Not only is the music of Kryukov, 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 Scriab

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Digital Chips on August 27, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Soviet Russian Viola Music

This release should appeal to three types of people: those that want to further explore Soviet-era music; those that want to further explore the sound of the often-neglected viola; and those (like me) who want to do both.

Violist Igor Fedotov recently completed an exhaustive study of Russian 20th Century viola music, and this release is one of the results of that research. Fedotov presents five works for viola and piano, each by a different composer, spanning a good portion of the Soviet era.

The earliest work is a sonata by Sergey Nikiforovich Vasilenko. His 1923 sonata rolls from one highly dramatic and expressive melody to another. By contrast, Vladimir Nikolayevich Kryukov's sonata, completed in 1933, betrays the composer's love of Scriabin, giving it a somewhat exotic sound.

Bridging the early and late works on the album is a 1956 sonata by Valerian Mikhaylovich Bogdanov-Berezovsky, a close friend of Shostakovich. Bodgnaov-Berezovsky's is perhaps the most traditional in structure, but he still packs many original ideas into this short work.

Two compositions from the 1970's round out the release. A sonata by Grigory Samulovich Frid (1971) and one by Yulian Grigo'yevich Krein (1973). In these works, one can hear elements of atonality and other Western compositional gestures sneak in -- held firmly in check by the overarching tonality of the works. By contextualizing some of these avant-garde elements, these compositions have both an immediate appeal, and enough depth to reward repeated listening.

Igor Fedotov performs with easy assurance. It's clear he knows these works intimately, and can play to the strengths of the music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. Ries on April 3, 2010
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Every aspect of this CD merits the highest praise: Igor Fedotov's masterful playing, the wonderful collaborations with each of his superb accompanists, and the beautiful compositions collected by Mr. Fedotov and presented here. The music is rich and sophisticated and continuously rewards re-hearing. Mr. Fedotov devotes a passionate intensity to every note, yet the forward drive of his playing is always felt. He has the remarkable ability to dwell expressively on every detail of every phrase, while at the same time to somehow indicate the role each passage plays in the unfolding structure of a piece. Pianists Leonid Vechkhayzer and Gary Hammond are wonderful partners in this intelligent expressiveness. Mr. Fedotov's viola technique is brilliant and comprehensive. His sound is beautiful, moving and haunting, and it displays great range and great variety. The pieces recorded on this CD should become parts of every violist's repertoire and should be widely known by music lovers. The extraordinary musicality of Mr. Fedotov's recordings here will set the performance standard for these pieces for a long, long time.
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By Jack E. Wright on February 7, 2014
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I've gotten interested in noticing viola music and this album was a nice expedience. It was good listening for me.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Collins on March 6, 2010
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Very strong and expressive performance - what a gifted artist Igor Fedotov is! One of my favorite pieces is Frid's Viola Sonata,Op. 62. Done with virtuosity !
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