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Classical Accordion CD


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Listen  2. Overture in the French Style, BWV.831: I. Adagio maestoso - Allegro - Adagio 7:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  5. Sonata in D Major, K.33: I. Allegro 3:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. 12 Variations "Ah, Vous Dirais-Je, Maman", K.265/300e 8:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen11. Like a Water Buffalo: I. Like a Water Buffalo 1:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
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The winner of numerous international competitions, the brilliant young accordion player Ksenija Sidorova here presents her debut recording; a recital for solo classical accordion. A particularly accomplished artist, Ksenija has collaborated with many leading musicians (including the Belcea Quartet, and Valergy Gergiev with the CBSO), and won numerous awards and accolades. Still an underexploited resource in western classical music, the accordion has had a fast-increasing amount of music written for it since the mid-20th Century. Here, Ksenija Sidrova brings a varied recital featuring some of the best contemporary compositions for the classical accordion, alongside transcriptions of well-known works. No composer has been transcribed more often than Bach; but the accordion - heard here in Bachs Overture in the French Style - brings an advantage that few other instruments can offer; its notes do not die away as soon as they are sounded. This allows an array of colouristic possibilities, denied to other musicians. Amongst the contemporary works here, Arne Nordheims Flashing, written in 1985 for solo accordion, has become a classic of the accordion repertoire. Nordheims music has a real sense of physicality, of movement and change on a large scale. In contrast, Luciani Berios Sequenza XIII opens with a compressed melody which is gradually developed amid splashes of complex harmony and virtuoso filigree. Yuji Takahashus Like a Water Buffalo is preceded on this disc by the poem that inspired it. Well-known in Takahashis native Japan, it is a moving, heartfelt piece, strongly transmitting the sounds of freedom.

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one of the real finds of this series --The Times

Before you say a word, Latvia's Ksenija Sidorova takes them out of your mouth: "It will be a while before the phrase 'I play the classical accordion' doesn't sound unusual or funny." Her determination to extend the instrument's reputation from its folk roots is formidable. She studied at London's Royal Academy of Music and has won numerous prizes. You can see why. Technique and phrasing in Mozart's 12 Variations on "Ah, vous dirais-je, Maman" are subtle and witty. Her chosen repertoire embraces Nordheim, Bach, Berio, Scarlatti, Schnittke, Takahashi and (with the Sacconi Quartet) some smokily beguiling Piazzolla, all played with light, shade, delicacy and breathtaking virtuosity. --Observer,07/08/11

The contemporary repertoire for solo accordion is growing steadily, if slowly. The Latvian-born Ksenija Sidorova, who trained at the Royal Academy of Music in London, supplements her performances of bespoke works by Nordheim, Berio and Takahashi with arrangements: a Bach French overture, two keyboard sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti, Mozart's nursery-tune Variations K265 and four extracts from one of Schnittke's ballet scores. Those transfers to accordion aren't always convincing. Neither the Bach nor the Scarlatti has quite the range of touch and articulation the music needs. And though the set of extracts from Schnittke's one-act Sketches is imaginatively put together, it is the works by Nordheim and Berio that show the range.*** --Guardian,04/08/11

An attractive and unusual disc. --Gramophone Awards issue,11

The contemporary repertoire for solo accordion is growing steadily, if slowly. The Latvian-born Ksenija Sidorova, who trained at the Royal Academy of Music in London, supplements her performances of bespoke works by Nordheim, Berio and Takahashi with arrangements: a Bach French overture, two keyboard sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti, Mozart's nursery-tune Variations K265 and four extracts from one of Schnittke's ballet scores. Those transfers to accordion aren't always convincing. Neither the Bach nor the Scarlatti has quite the range of touch and articulation the music needs. And though the set of extracts from Schnittke's one-act Sketches is imaginatively put together, it is the works by Nordheim and Berio that show the range.*** --Guardian,04/08/11

Her consummate mastery of the bellows enables her to deftly produce dotted rhythms and a nimble range of touch effects in her gracefully witty traversal of Mozart's Ah, vous diraisje, Maman Variations. The second of two Scarlatti Sonatas(K33) is too, delightfully pert and playful. Performance **** Recording ***** --BBC Music Magazine,Dec'11

The contemporary repertoire for solo accordion is growing steadily, if slowly. The Latvian-born Ksenija Sidorova, who trained at the Royal Academy of Music in London, supplements her performances of bespoke works by Nordheim, Berio and Takahashi with arrangements: a Bach French overture, two keyboard sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti, Mozart's nursery-tune Variations K265 and four extracts from one of Schnittke's ballet scores. Those transfers to accordion aren't always convincing. Neither the Bach nor the Scarlatti has quite the range of touch and articulation the music needs. And though the set of extracts from Schnittke's one-act Sketches is imaginatively put together, it is the works by Nordheim and Berio that show the range.*** --Guardian,04/08/11

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Can't believe I have the honor 9 Aug 2011
By Alan Venable - Published on Amazon.com
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I have the honor of being the first American to "review" this wonderful album! I'm late in life and have been studying accordion for the last three years. I think I understand the potential of this instrument, but frankly practically none of the previous live performances or recordings I've heard yet come anywhere close. I mean the potential of the instrument beyond its folky anyone-can-play tradition. I mean the potential beyond lots of notes very fast or sounding sort of like an orchestra. Sidorova's Classical Accordion is about the range and beauty of what an accordion can do in really great hands. Some of the pieces are old classical (Bach, Scarlatti), some contemporary. All are solo except one in a quartet with strings. All are beautifully expressive. Now if only I could play just Mozart's 12 variations a third as finely as she does before I or my accordion die. Yo-yo, O'Connor, it's time you danced with Sidorova.
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