IVAN SOKOLOV (b.1960): Violin Sonata No. 2, 13 Postludes for Viola and Piano, Reminiscence for Piano Four Hands, Elegie for Solo Viola.
Catalogue Number: 08W054
Label: Toccata Classics
Reference: TOCC 0560
Description: Sokolov, born in Moscow in 1960, has made his mark both as composer and as pianist. After graduating from Moscow Conservatory in the early 1980s, he taught composition and orchestral score reading there, while also promoting new music in concerts in and around Moscow. His early compositions were avant-gardist, but he eventually rejected radicality in favor of a more traditional musical language, one with its roots in Tchaikovsky, Glazunov and Rachmaninov, flavored, perhaps, with a hint of Shostakovich. Most of the works here were composed within the last few years and are couched in the unforced lyricism of his latter-day Romanticism. Karen Bentley Pollick (violin, viola), Ivan Sokolov (piano).