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Most listeners will never have heard the name Ivan Khandoshkin (1747-1804), but violinist Anastasia Khitruk has admirably undertaken to bring this little-known solo-violin repertoire to wider attention. Published in the early years of the 19th century, Khandoshkin’s Op. 3 sonatas show the influences we might expect, given the composer’s exposure to a court musical environment that included musicians from Italy, Germany, and France.
On March 9, GBV released Ogre’s Trumpet, a limited-edition (1,000 on double vinyl, 1,000 on CD), 25-track live album recorded last August in Asbury Park, N.J. (Greetings, kids.) The set features a healthy dose of songs from last year’s How Do You Spell Heaven and August By Cake, as well as classics like “Motor Away,” “I Am A Scientist,” “Tractor Rape Chain,” “Game Of Pricks” and “Glad Girls” and a cover of the Monkees’ “Saturday’s Child.”
Chandos exclusive artist Michael Collins here presents the second volume in his series designed to display the extraordinarily wide range of music written for the clarinet. Volume 1 was BBC Music Magazine Editor’s Choice and received IRR Outstanding from International Record Review, which stated: ‘It is difficult to imagine a finer performance than is given here.’ Debussy’s Première Rhapsodie was written as a test piece for the Paris Conservatoire and contrasts long lyrical lines with capricious acrobatics for the clarinet, being described by the composer as ‘hovering between reverie and scherzo’.