Virtuoso Cello Transcriptions - CC1002
Leonid Gorokhov cello
Frescobaldi/Cassadó Toccata; Locatelli/Piatti Sonata in D; Popper Dance of the Elves; Autumn Flower; Happy Recollections; Weber/Piatigorsky Adagio and Rondo; Klengel Scherzo; Ginastera/Fournier Triste; Martinu Variations on a Theme of Rossini; Schnittke/Shafran Suite "In Olden Style"
This rare collection of works offers an insight into the creative heritage of the great cellists of the past as composers and arrangers. "Virtuoso Cello Transcriptions"combines highly virtuosic performing with a nostalgic look at the past, ranging from the baroque through to Schnittke.
Since his studies with Nikitin and Shafran, and following early successes at competitions in Paris and Geneva, Leonid Gorokhov has been in great demand as soloist with orchestras throughout Europe. A large discography for Melodya and Supraphon has won many plaudits and his recent CD "Russian Discoveries" was voted Record of the Month by London's Classic FM.
"Between the mercurial movements, such as Frescobaldi¹s Toccata, we can enjoy Gorokhov¹s smooth and lyrical qualities in the slow movements, the elegance of the Adagio in Locatelli's Sonata being of rare beauty. His bowing technique is so wonderfully fluid, Weber's Adagio being just one of the examples of his seamless legato."
"Especially good however is the trilogy of Popper showpieces in which Gorokhov shows himself a deftly spirited advocate. A promising start for a new label that’s certain to excite cello devotees, and whose promised historical bias should also have general wider appeal."