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.
Internationally acclaimed concert classical guitarist and recording artist Yuri Liberzon was born in Novosibirsk, Russia and raised in Israel, where he studied with Yaron Hasson. In 2000, he relocated to the US to study with Manuel Barrueco and subsequently at Yale University with Benjamin Verdery. He has given countless concerts across the US alongside his numerous appearances in international media. Liberzon is a Royal Classics Strings artist.
Patrick O’Connell studied at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. His teachers included Manuel Barrueco, David Tanenbaum, Dusan Bogdanovic and Marc Teicholz. After earning his master’s degree in guitar performance he joined the San Francisco Guitar Quartet, with whom he has featured at numerous festivals and concert series worldwide.
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