SERGEI AKHUNOV (b.1967): The Seasons for Violin and Orchestra, ANTONIO VIVALDI (1678-1741): The Four Seasons, RV 269, 315, 293 & 297.

Catalogue Number: 08Q084

Label: Melodiya

Reference: MEL CD 10 02230

Format: CD

Price: $18.98

Description: The second brand-new Melodiya recording is an infuritating coupling of you-know-what with a work that has almost no information about it in the micro-note in the booklet. Akhunov was born in Kiev and composed electronic and rock music before turning to classical in 2000, influenced by the music of Pärt, Silvestrov, Martynov and Kancheli. (His bio even says that he started to study theory and composition in 2005 "by himself in Loeb Music Library [Cambridge MA]!). This 19-minute concerto for violin and string orchestra seems to be a response to an award-winning Korean film of 2003 titled "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring", which is the order in which the work is set up. Pictorial minimalism and neo-Romanticism are the order of the day, as one would expect from the four composers mentioned above. Over to you... Julia Igonina (violin), Ensemble "Partita".

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