Piazzolla Reflections / Ksenija Sidorova

Release Date: 2/12/2021
Label: Alpha
Catalog Number: ALPHA664
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 80 Minutes

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Riga-born Ksenija Sidorova is today one of the most eminent global ambassadors of the classical accordion. She has proudly borne the colors of her instrument in appearances in the world’s leading halls and with the foremost orchestras. Here she pays homage to Piazzolla in her own way: ‘Piazzolla the revolutionary, the ground-breaker, a man thinking ahead of his time . . . Playing this repertoire gave me a sense of artistic freedom and ignited my belief in advocacy of my instrument. For this album, I wanted to celebrate Piazzolla the innovator by pairing some his masterworks with pieces written by other composers for classical accordion, the majority of which I have premiered in recent years. Being of Russian heritage, I couldn’t help noticing the similarity between the nostalgia of the tango and that of Russian composer Sergey Voitenko’s Revelation. French accordionist-composer Franck Angelis’s Fantasia is based on Piazzolla’s waltz-tango, and the programme is completed by the Nocturne of Italian accordionist-composer Pietro Roffi and a piece by Sergey Akhunov.’

Works on This Recording
1. Chau Paris (arr. C. Constantini for accordion, guitar and piano) by Astor Piazzolla
Performer: Ksenija Sidorova (Accordion), Roberto Koch (Double Bass), Claudio Constantini (Piano)
Written: 1955 ;
2. Revelation (Offenbarung) by Sergei Voitenko
Performer: Ksenija Sidorova (Accordion)
3. Histoire du Tango (History of the Tango): II. Cafe 1930 (arr. for accordion and chamber ensemble) by Astor Piazzolla
Performer: Alexander Sitkovetsky (Violin), Ksenija Sidorova (Accordion), Reentko Dirks (Guitar), Roberto Koch (Double Bass)
Written: 1986 ;
4. Nocturne: A Kind of Lullaby of Times We Have Not Yet Lived by Pietro Roffi
Performer: Ksenija Sidorova (Accordion), Roberto Koch (Double Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Goldmund Quartet
5. I. Allegro marcato by Astor Piazzolla
Performer: Ksenija Sidorova (Accordion)
Conductor: Lesley Hatfield
Written: 1979 ;
6. II. Moderato by Astor Piazzolla
Performer: Ksenija Sidorova (Accordion)
Conductor: Lesley Hatfield
Written: 1979 ;
7. III. Presto by Astor Piazzolla
Performer: Ksenija Sidorova (Accordion)
Conductor: Lesley Hatfield
Written: 1979 ;
8. Soledad by Astor Piazzolla
Performer: Alexander Sitkovetsky (Violin), Claudio Constantini (Piano), Ksenija Sidorova (Accordion)
Period: 20th Century
9. María de Buenos Aires, Part I: Yo soy María (arr. for accordion, violin and piano) by Astor Piazzolla
Performer: Alexander Sitkovetsky (Violin), Claudio Constantini (Piano), Ksenija Sidorova (Accordion)
Written: 1968 ;
10. Fantasie on a Theme of Piazzolla's Chiquilín de Bachín by Franck Angelis
Performer: Ksenija Sidorova (Accordion)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Goldmund Quartet
11. Romance del Diablo by Astor Piazzolla
Performer: Alexander Sitkovetsky (Violin), Claudio Constantini (Piano), Ksenija Sidorova (Accordion), Reentko Dirks (Guitar), Roberto Koch (Double Bass)
Period: 20th Century
12. Keyboard Concerto in D Minor, BWV 974 (after A. Marcello's Oboe Concerto) (arr. for accordion) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Ksenija Sidorova (Accordion)
Written: 1714 ;
13. No. 1. The Moon by Sergey Akhunov
Performer: Ksenija Sidorova (Accordion)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Goldmund Quartet
14. No. 2. The River by Sergey Akhunov
Performer: Ksenija Sidorova (Accordion)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Goldmund Quartet
15. Libertango by Astor Piazzolla
Conductor: Clark Rundell
Period: 20th Century
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