Composer Konstantin Vassiliev and guitarist Yuri Liberzon both hail from the same region of Siberia, an empathy consolidated by the fact that Vassiliev wrote three of the works on this programme specifically for the artist. Liberzon brings his fine reputation as a soloist to this, his debut disc for Naxos: ‘If there were anyone in the classical guitar world that could manage to combine musical elegance with architectural logic, it would be Yuri Liberzon.’ (Classical Guitar Magazine)
Konstantin Vassiliev’s music synthesises several different styles including jazz, Russian folk music and contemporary Western traditions. This album contains music written over a 22-year period, with three works composed specifically for guitar soloist Yuri Liberzon. The Hommage à Tom Jobin was inspired by one of the creators of the bossa nova style, while the melancholic and lyrical contrasts of Rose in the Snow reveal Vassiliev’s gift for storytelling. Arias, romantic miniatures, variations and multi-character episodes further reveal Vassiliev to be a vibrant and exciting composer of wide-ranging gifts.
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