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Ksenija Sidorova - Fairy Tales

The Classical Shop
release date: July 2013

Originally recorded in 2012

Artists:

BBC National Orchestra of Wales


Clark Rundell


Ksenija Sidorova

- (accordian)

Venue:

BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales

24 Sept 2012

Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex

3th & 4th May 2012

Producer:

Alexander van Ingen



Engineer:

Andrew Mellor


Alexander van Ingen



Record Label
Champs Hill

Genre:

Instrumental


Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 68:36
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MORITZ MOSZKOWSKI

(arr. F. Lips)
1 

Caprice Espagnol

7:40
   
 

VACLAV TROJAN

 

Fairy Tales Concerto For Orchestra & Accordion

 
2 let us Dance into the Fairy Tales 2:32
3 The Sleepy Princess 3:53
4 The Magic Box 1:35
5 The Enchanted Princess, The Brave Princess & The Evil Dragon 5:11
6 The Naughty Roundabout 1:46
7 The Sailor & The Enchanted Accordion 5:49
8 The Acrobatic Fairy Tale 4:24
   
 

ARTEM VASSILIEV

9 

Who's The Puppet?

5:45
  (dedicated to Ksenija)  
 

EDVARD GRIEG

 

Holberg Suite

 
10 Praeludium 2:53
11 Sarabande 3:29
12 Gavotte 3:09
13 Air 4:59
14 Rigaudon 3:25
   
 

FELIX MENDELSSOHN

(trans. Rachmaninov)
15 

Scherzo From A Midsummer Night's Dream

5:00
  (arr. A. Sevast'yan)  
 

PETR LONDONOV

16 

Scherzo-Toccata

2:41
   
  Bonus Track  
 

ASTOR PIAZZOLLA

(arr. John Lenehan)
17 

Oblivion

4:25
  (with Thomas Gould - violin)  
   


This is Ksenija’s second album for Champs Hill Records and combines old and new repertoire; transcriptions and original works. Ksenija says: “As an accordionist you sort of have to carve your own path, so I consider it my mission in this way to introduce the instrument to a wider audience” 
 
The Fairy Tales concerto by Vaclav Trojan recorded with BBC NOW, is written in an approachable style with beautiful heartfelt melodies.  The disc includes arrangements and transcriptions of virtuosic showpieces including Moszowski’s Caprice Espagnol, the scherzo from Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream (a transcription that has its roots in Rachmaninov’s arrangement) and Grieg’s Holberg Suite.  A contemporary composition Who’s the Puppet?  written for Ksenija by Russian composer Artem Vassiliev and  Petr Londonov’s Scherzo-Toccata, a popular piece with accordionists, but little-known to wider concert audiences, showcase the accordion’s expressive and dramatic powers.  
 
For the final bonus track on the album Ksenija and the orchestra are joined by rising star violinist Thomas Gould for a sensitive performance of Piazzolla’s Oblivion.   “These two young musicians showed what they can do, and what can be done, with their instruments. In so doing, they repurified our cluttered world of ordered sound.”  The Observer
 
All the music is performed on Ksenija’s Pigini accordion, which she considers to be the Rolls Royce of instruments.
"There’s been a surge of interest in the accordion recently...  Latvian accordionist Ksenija Sidorova’s second album contains some brilliant, fizzy transcriptions. An arrangement of Moszkowski’s Caprice Espagnol sounds more idiomatic than the piano original. Jon Faukstad’s transcription of Grieg’s Holberg Suite is also hugely entertaining, the lower string lines of the opening Rigaudon more prominent than usual. Sidorova’s control of dynamics is extraordinary, the sound of her Pigini instrument occasionally reduced to a whisper... Highly recommended."
 
Graham Rickson - theartsdesk.com - 27 July 2013



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