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Sergey Ivanovich Taneyev wrote his Suite de Concert (Concert Suite) for the violinist Boris Sibor, who was the soloist at its first performance in 1909. The suite reflects their interest in earlier music and follows the model of the Baroque suite.

Nikolay Andreyevich  Rimsky-Korsakov began work on his Fantasia on Two Russian Themes in 1886, completing it the following year. The work was dedicated to Pierre Kranokutsky, who taught violin at the Court Chapel and had been able to advise Rimsky-Korsakov on writing for the instrument.

Conductor Dmitry Yablonsky and violin soloist Annelle K. Gregory, both acknowledged experts on Russian repertoire, perform with the Kyiv Virtuosi Symphony Orchestra, a youthful ensemble that unites talented musicians from all over Ukraine, most of whom are winners of various competitions.
Sergey Ivanovich TANEYEV (1856–1915)
Suite de Concert, Op. 28

Nikolay Andreyevich RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844–1908)
Fantasia on Two Russian Themes, Op. 33

Annelle K. Gregory, Violin
Kyiv Virtuosi Symphony Orchestra
Dmitry Yablonsky

Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto is the quintessential national virtuoso showpiece, but other Russian composers have contributed strongly to the genre of works for solo violin and orchestra. Tchaikovsky’s student Taneyev, who rose to eminence in Moscow, wrote a memorable Suite de Concert that followed the model of the Baroque suite while infiltrating it with warm lyricism and brilliant variations. Earlier, Rimsky-Korsakov had written a Fantasia on Two Russian Themes that explored virtuoso potential in a concerto form that is both seductive and vibrant.

About the Artists
GRAMMY Award-nominated cellist/conductor Dmitry Yablonsky was born in Moscow in 1962. He moved with his family to New York in June 1977 and was accepted into The Juilliard School as a cello student. Yablonsky began conducting in 1989 in Camerino, Italy, since when he has directed many leading orchestras. He has been active in organising international music festivals and in 2009, together with pianist Farhad Badabeyli, organised a large-scale festival in Gabala, Azerbaijan, featuring many renowned orchestras and musicians.
American violinist Annelle Kazumi Gregory was the First Prize and the Audience Choice Award winner of the 2017 National Sphinx Competition, and laureate of the 2013 Stradivarius International Violin Competition. Gregory’s love of Russian music has led her to revive forgotten works of great Russian composers: in 2017 she released the first album of Rachmaninov’s complete violin and piano works, recorded with pianist Alexander Sinchuk.
Based in the capital of Ukraine, the Kyiv Virtuosi Symphony Orchestra has earned national and international recognition from both listeners and critics around the world as one of the country’s leading orchestral ensembles. With an average age of 30, this youthful orchestra unites talented musicians from all over Ukraine, most of whom are winners of various competitions. Recent tours have taken them to countries such as Switzerland, France, Spain and Azerbaijan.
More recordings featuring Dmitry Yablonsky as conductor
Violin Concerto
Sinfonia Concertante

Khitruk • Tchekmazov
Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
‘The Russian Philharmonic Orchestra under its conductor Dmitry Yablonsky plays excellently throughout and is well served
by its Russian sound team.’
MusicWeb international
‘Yablonsky knows his Shostakovich and,
a cellist himself, he also knows how to
get his players to perform with a
gutsiness and energy.’
Piano Concerto No. 2
Concert Fantasy

Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
‘Konstantin Scherbakov is a fine pianist and a first-rate Tchaikovskian in a really Russian partnership with Yablonsky.’
Penguin Guide
‘Yablonsky gives these works the transparency of chamber music, and the Ukrainian musicians respond to the music’s tender requiems.’
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