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RUSSIAN GUITAR MUSIC

Carl Herring

Carl Herring - Guitar

A CD of virtuosic Russian folk dances, evocative ballads and innovative contemporary pieces, played by Julian Bream Prize winner, Carl Herring

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1-2 Mikhail Glinka ÉTUDE ON 'THE LARK'
    FUGUE IN THREE VOICES (2nd edition, arr. Herring)  
3 Mikhail Shishkin BRIGHT IS THE NIGHT (arr. Orekhov)  
4-6 Sergei Rudnev MY HUSBAND MADE ME STOKE THE FIRE *  
    THE OLD LIME TREE  
    I WILL FORGET YOU WHEN... *  
7-9 Alexander Ivanov-Kramskoi NOCTURNE  
    AT THE GATE
    SAD MOOD  
10 Alexander Pushkin POEM: THE BRONZE HORSEMAN (extract)
read by Alla Bradley-Herring
 
11-15 Grigori Korchmar 'WHITE NIGHTS SERENADES' (St. Petersburg Serenades) *  
    i    EVENING ROMANCE  
    ii   WALTZ ECHOES  
    iii  NOCTURNE  
    iv  SCHERZO OF NIGHT-TIME SHADOWS  
    v   HYMN TO THE SUNRISE (Alborada)  
16-18 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky MORNING PRAYER (arr. Herring)
    SWEET DREAM (arr. Pyotr Agafoshin)  
    OLD FRENCH SONG (arr. Herring)  
19-20 Boris Asafiev PRÉLUDE ET VALSE *
    PRELUDE  
    VALSE  
21 Vladimir Zakharov PRELUDE & FUGHETTA ON SLAVONIC THEMES *
dedicated to Carl Herring
 
22 Elena Langer THE EVENING FLOWER * §
with Stephen Goss, guitar
 

* World premiere recording      § Composer present at recording

Total length 67:05

Recorded at Surrey University, Guildford, England on 8th, 9th and 10th April 2010
Engineered by Chris Braclik
Design by Colour Blind Design
Produced by Malcolm Creese

ABCD 5027
© 2011 Audio-B Ltd

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"A sparkling technique and an amiable musicality that radiates warmth"
Gramophone

Review from Scotland on Sunday

Rating: ****

Russian guitar works don't feature strongly in the musical consciousness, perhaps because more traditional instruments, such as the balalaika, were more familiar to Russian composers. A small trend was started by Andres Segovia's series of concerts in the Soviet Union in 1926, and so this CD by British guitarist Carl Herring features contemporary transcriptions and dedicated works post-dating Segovia's concerts. Glinka and Tchaikovsky are the best-known among the older composers, while three works receive world premiere recordings: the oldest, more than 70 years after its composition, is by Boris Asafiev, who attended one of Segovia's concerts. Herring plays with fluency and assurance throughout.

Alexander Bryce

 
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