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Khandoshkin: Virtuoso Violin Music / Khitruk, Et Al


Release Date: 05/16/2006 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570028   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ivan Khandoshkin
Performer:  Anastasia KhitrukKirill YevtushenkoDmitry Yakubovsky
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Most listeners will never have heard the name Ivan Khandoshkin (1747-1804), but violinist Anastasia Khitruk has admirably undertaken to bring this little-known solo-violin repertoire to wider attention. Published in the early years of the 19th century, Khandoshkin's Op. 3 sonatas show the influences we might expect, given the composer's exposure to a court musical environment that included musicians from Italy, Germany, and France. As court soloist and Kapellmeister for Catherine the Great Khandoshkin apparently was a highly regarded and accomplished performer--and as these compositions show, he also was very adept at creating works that seem perfectly designed for the purpose of entertaining his audience.


While the
Read more famed solo violin works of Bach are formally sophisticated, technically complex, and artistically profound, Khandoshkin's efforts, while quite substantial (the longest is nearly 20 minutes) and far from fluff, are mostly functional vehicles for virtuoso display--and virtuoso they are, demanding the most advanced fingering (double-, triple-, and quadruple-stops) and bowing techniques (detached staccato, louré, sautillé/spiccato, and leaping arpeggio effects) as well as a comprehensive sense of the composer's style and expressive intent.


Khitruk is a remarkable artist, not only giving sure-footed life and uninhibited flair to these rigorous, relentlessly showy pieces, but also taking care to articulate the contrapuntal textures and expressive/dramatic elements that run through each work from beginning to end. The Six Old Russian Songs are less successful, inhibited both by the songs' melodic constraints and the composer's imagination, but also marred by a bass line (played here by cellist Kyrill Yevtushenko) that's overly prominent and pedestrian. Nevertheless, violin aficionados will be very interested in hearing these pieces, and anyone who appreciates dynamic, virtuoso instrumental playing of any kind will enjoy Khitruk's flashy, fiery style and impeccable technique. Outstanding! [7/7/2006]
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Violin solo no 1 in G minor, Op. 3 by Ivan Khandoshkin
Performer:  Anastasia Khitruk (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1800; Russia 
Date of Recording: 05/2005 
Venue:  St. Catherine Church, St. Petersburg, Ru 
Length: 19 Minutes 58 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Violin solo no 2 in E flat major by Ivan Khandoshkin
Performer:  Anastasia Khitruk (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1800; Russia 
Date of Recording: 05/2005 
Venue:  St. Catherine Church, St. Petersburg, Ru 
Length: 13 Minutes 12 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Violin solo no 3 in D major by Ivan Khandoshkin
Performer:  Anastasia Khitruk (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1800; Russia 
Date of Recording: 05/2005 
Venue:  St. Catherine Church, St. Petersburg, Ru 
Length: 13 Minutes 11 Secs. 
4.
Old Russian Songs (6) "Shest' starinnykh russkikh pesen" by Ivan Khandoshkin
Performer:  Kirill Yevtushenko (Cello), Dmitry Yakubovsky (Viola), Anastasia Khitruk (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1783; Russia 
Date of Recording: 05/2005 
Venue:  St. Catherine Church, St. Petersburg, Ru 
Length: 23 Minutes 56 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Violin Sonata in G minor, Op. 3, No. 1: I. Marcia: Maestoso
Violin Sonata in G minor, Op. 3, No. 1: II. Allegro assai
Violin Sonata in G minor, Op. 3, No. 1: III. Andante con variazioni
Violin Sonata in E flat major, Op. 3, No. 2: I. Andante
Violin Sonata in E flat major, Op. 3, No. 2: II. Tempo di minuetto
Violin Sonata in E flat major, Op. 3, No. 2: III. Rondo - Allegro
Violin Sonata in D major, Op. 3, No. 3: I. Andante maestoso
Violin Sonata in D major, Op. 3, No. 3: II. Minuetto grazioso
Violin Sonata in D major, Op. 3, No. 3: III. Allegro vivace
6 Old Russian Songs: No. 1. Along the bridge, this bridge
6 Old Russian Songs: No. 2. Is this my fate, this fate?
6 Old Russian Songs: No. 3. Little dove why do you sit so sadly?
6 Old Russian Songs: No. 4. What happened and why?
6 Old Russian Songs: No. 5. Once I gathered golden sheaves
6 Old Russian Songs: No. 6. Once I was a young man

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