Following his much-acclaimed debut CD “The Fall of Birds”, which featured contemporary Russian guitar music, the young guitar virtuoso Yevgeni Finkelstein has once again come out with an impressive recording. This one presents a range of works from the baroque era to his own compositions. True to style, the first work is an overture by the great lutenist Silvius Leopold Weiss. Finkelstein follows it up with an outstanding interpretation of the Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor by J. S. Bach and Bach’s own transcription of the Violin Sonata No. 2 in A minor BWV 1003, which Finkelstein in turn transcribed for guitar. Finkelstein also masters with bravura the pyrotechnically virtuosic variations by Mauro Giulani, which put extreme technical demands on the performer. With the selection of the almost unknown Passacaglia in A for lute by the organist Georg Muffat, the interpreter not only shows his musical and tactile sensitivity, but also acquaints the listener with a wonderful composition. Nikita Koshkin’s “Homage to Segovia” and two own compositions round off the program in a cantabile and lyrical manner. “Sonata” is a classical CD for everyone, including connoisseurs who appreciate a diverse repertoire combined with masterful interpretations.
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Evgeni Finkelstein: classical guitar