Well, November is off to an exceptionally promising start in terms of news of music releases by Naxos!
Some of you (any?) who read the blog regularly may know that I was blogging away through Nikita Koshkin's 24 preludes and fugues for solo guitar.
I got about as far as possible in volume 1 relying on my copies of the scores (Editions Margaux) and what's been online where applicable. But I began to run out of steam trying to go through the works guitar in hand and blogging about music that you, dear reader, couldn't possibly hear and couldn't see if you, too, did not have score in hand like Wenatchee The Hatchet. As of today I've gotten no farther than the post about Koshkin's prelude and fugue in F sharp minor.
Well ... hooray!
The first volume of Nikita Koshkin's 24 preludes and fugues, recorded by Asya Selyutina, is released next month.
KOSHKIN, N.: 24 Preludes and Fugues, Vol. 1 (Selyutina)
So my blogging on the cycle to date has gotten to what would be the end of track 16 of 24 on a CD that isn't officially released yet. So, not bad for a blogger writing about polyphonic music for classical guitar but I had hoped to accomplish more. But between having a day job and composing music and writing about film every so often and intermittently chronicling the times and doings of a former local megachurch ... and formulating a theoretical treatment of ragtime-sonata fusion ... I sort of lost the thread on the Koshkin cycle. I have realized one can only do so much if no one can read the blog posts and connect what I've written about Koshkin's work to sounds they can hear.
So I'm excited to share the news of this forthcoming release and NOW ... for 2020, things are looking up for me being able to return to blogging about Koshkin's cycle. May Volume 2 show up as soon as possible (i.e. probably in a few years because this is an exceptionally demanding cycle of solo guitar works we're talking about).
Just as exciting is a forthcoming release of the Ourkouzounov guitar sonatas.
OURKOUZOUNOV, A.: Guitar Sonatas Nos. 1–5
I've meant to write about these sonatas for a while but this is another project where life happens and things get busy and I had all the scores and was ready to study them but ... I admit, recordings do help when you're not a professional musician. Sure, I ... know someone who has written twenty-four preludes and fugues for solo guitar and is working toward forty-eight but mere mortals are mere mortals. You can't keep composing toward a full cycle of forty-eight preludes and fugues for solo guitar and have a normal day job AND get score-reading in. Or at least ... Wenatchee The Hatchet finds it kind of impossible to pull off lately. So ... the Ourkouzounov release is very exciting. I've been waiting for YEARS for a guitarist to recording his sonatas so congratulations and thanks to Tosidis and Naxos for a CD I'm very much looking forward to! Also congratulations to Koshkin and Selyutina for volume 1 being recorded. These are titanic cycles of works that I hope guitarists the world over will engage with.
December 2019 promises to be a pretty great month for Wenatchee The Hatchet for music listening!
I'm looking forward to writing more about these recordings and associated musical works in 2020.
For those who haven't heard German Dzhaparidze's wonderful 24 preludes and fugues for solo guitar, it's available as a digital download album now, and remastered.
You can also still order the physical discs from Colucci directly.
and ... there's also the Lawson cycle of preludes and fugues for solo guitar recorded as a guitar duet by Daniel Estrem. We're living in an era in which there's a sizable amount of preludes and fugues written for the guitar by living composers. I still mean to get to blogging about the Dzhaparidze cycle but I'm trying to tackle more of the Koshkin cycle, which is another project I hope to return to for 2020. For a goodly chunk of 2019 the plan is to do reading and some writing and some musical work in the offline scene. That doesn't mean when things come up that are of interest I won't blog.