IGOR RAYKHELSON (b.1961): Piano Trio No 1 in E, Violin Sonata in A Minor, String Quartet in F Minor, Sonnet for Violin and Piano, Piano Sonata in F Minor.
Catalogue Number: 06T067
Label: Toccata Classics
Reference: TOCC 0315
Description: If you enjoyed our previous offerings of the engaging, appealing works of this composer (04P013, 08O089, 08J107), this disc will be self-recommending. Raykhelson studied, performs and composes in the fields of both 'classical' and jazz, and regards the two as equally serious, and complementary forms of music, so his works are a natural fusion of the two, in varying proportions. At one end of the spectrum his music is concert jazz, comparable to Kapustin (the Trio, of the works here), and at the other, a mixture of mainstream Romantics, from Chopin to Rachmaninov. There seems to be a general trend for recent works to be less 'fusion-y'; while the 2003 trio is concertized jazz, the Violin Sonata (2005) and especially the Quartet (2010) are jazz-inflected concert works, very much in traditional forms, conventionally employed. The latter two works in particular epitomise neo-romanticism, with passion, drama, pathos and humour freely expressed in a thoroughly tonal vocabulary. Jazz modulations and harmonies add a personal touch to the idiom. The Piano Sonata, with many allusions to Chopin, occupies something of a middle ground; predominantly a four-movement specimen of the Romantic genre, it sidesteps into jazz idioms here and there, including a slow blues in the third movement. Ekaterina Astashova (violin), Alexander Kniazev (cello), Konstantin Lifschitz (piano), Borodin Quartet.