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The Russian Collection: St. Petersburg Composers Volume 4

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Edited by Matanya Orphee. Sheet music. 56 pages. Editions Orphee #EO 65. Published by Editions Orphee (M7.EO-65).

Item Number: M7.EO-65

'These editions really are models of excellence with regard to presentation and contents. The music is extremely legible, fingering is kept to a sensible level, there are copious editorial notes concerning the composers and the compositions themselves are, in the main, highly interesting . . . Andrei Petrov's Old Melody written in 1989, was composed for Matanya Ophee. I found this a very attractive piece of music lyrical and flowing . . . A lovely work, and one of the best in the book . . . White Nights Serenades is the major work in this collection. It was especially written for this album by Grigori Korchmar . . . The White Nights is a time around the summer solstice when the prolonged twilights of evening and morning merge into a night full of light. The city does not seem to go to sleep . . . I found this a wonderfully descriptive piece (the titles help) with many contrasts between (and actually contained within) the movements. The centrepiece, Notturno, was for me the outstanding feature, the poetic nature of which was highlighted even more by the driving force of the movements around it. I feel that this would make an immense impression on the guitar world if given enough exposure, which I sincerely hope it gets. Vladislav Uspensky's Rhapsody on Jewish Themes was another work written for Matanya Ophee and was the seed which brought about this collection . . . It is a virtuosic showpiece (as are many in this book) and if I had to choose one word to sum up this composition, I think 'passionate' would do very nicely . . . This is a fine, worthwhile and historically important addition to the guitar's archives. I have only touched briefly upon the importance of many of these composers; for more facts, you will have to get the book. There are hints in the introduction that there will be, in the future, another collection from this part of the world. I look forward to that.' Steve Marsh, Classical Guitar.

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