Frolov: Concert Fantasy on Themes from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, Divertissement
Kristina Miller, Nicolas Koeckert & Rudolf Koeckert
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interesting, sinful indulgences
Frolov is new to me but I'd like to hear some more before making a final judgement. This is fine salon music with a bit of flash and trash to boot. It's all in good fun and any one of these pieces would make for a nice encore to a recital. I'm still pretty sure that the Etude No 1 was a copy of a Kreutzer etude but who's to say. The playing is solid and the sound recording is good. Bravo to Naxos for finding new and interesting things to record! Where would we be without them?
Simple, Joyful Music
This is probably my favorite album of work of a recent composer. Granted, I haven't endeavored to listen to much of anything written in the last 100 years. Really, that's what I like about this work - it sounds like salon music of the 19th century with a pleasant jazz twist. The Joplinesque "Scherzo-Souvenir" has distinctly turn-of-the-century feel. "Romance" explores slightly deeper themes, and is the highlight of this release, with a beautiful, soaring violin line.
I very grateful to hear the music of Igor Frolov. The fact that his work is Romantic, free of any hint of modernism, gives me hope that there is a future for more composers like him.