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Album Title:The Well-Tempered Koshkin
Artist:Nikita Koshkin
Performers:Frank Koonce, Judicael Perroy
Item Code:ALBUM-00356
Label:Soundset Recordings
Performance Type:   Studio Recording
Genre:Classical
Sub-Genre:Guitar, 20th/21st Century

 




"Refreshing, fun, gratifying, charming are some of the words that come to mind in trying to describe The Well Tempered Koshkin. This CD presents a side of Nikita Koshkin that is generally unknown to a large segment of the guitar world. While the Usher-Waltz and The Prince's Toys are familiar to many, this recording demonstrates Koshkin's wonderful sense of humor and his skill of musical paraphrase and parody. His clever use of new sounds and unusual effects in traditional tonal pieces adds an effective new dimension that many composers have searched for but few have found."

"My personal favorites are Parade, Three Stations on One Road, The Ballads: Suite for Guitar, and Cambridge Suite for Two Guitars. Koshkin shares his wit and clever compositional style without reserve. This recording should be in the collection of every guitar fan, and Koshkin's pieces deserve to be heard by the concert-going public."

My personal favorites are Parade, Three Stations on One Road, The Ballads: Suite for Guitar, and Cambridge Suite for Two Guitars. Koshkin shares his wit and clever compositional style without reserve. This recording should be in the collection of every guitar fan, and Koshkin's pieces deserve to be heard by the concert-going public.

"On the lighter side, Koshkin presents a wonderfully successful parody of the ubiquitous Romanza. This little gem may actually give players an alternative to the worn out guitar society "favorite." "

"Nikita Koshkin's guitar playing is solid throughout the recording. He is ably assisted by Frank Koonce in the duo selections, and Judicaƫl Perroy joins Koshkin and Koonce in the trio, Let's Play Together. The technical aspects of the recording are excellent. The sense of parody is completed by the cover art featuring Koshkin in a photographic parody of the famous Haussmann Bach portrait."

Stephen Waechter, Soundboard
Fall/Winter 2001/2002


Koshkin came to prominence with his guitar suite The Prince's Toys, which showed his empathy with fellow countrymen Prokofiev and Shostakovich as well as his playful sense of humor and love of parodies and paraphrases. The seven selections on his second CD demonstrate all of the above, with the assistance of (Frank Koonce & Judicael Perroy) on some of the pieces. In the Gershwinesque Parade he mimicks some of the instruments of a marching band. In The Ballads suite he reflects on his youthful experiences as a rock guitarist plus his impressions of folk music. Good fun.

- John Sunier