Ksenija Sidorova (accordion), Thomas Gould (violin), BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Clark Rundell: Fairy Tales

Fri, Aug 23, 2013, 00:00


Fairy Tales

Ksenija Sidorova, Thomas Gould, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Clark Rundell, Moritz Moszkowski, Vaclav Trojan, Artem Vassiliev, Edvard Grieg, Felix Mendelssohn, Petr Londonov, Astor Piazzolla

Champs Hill Records


Someone objecting to a new work once explained to me that their problem was not about it being “nasty modern” but rather “silly modern”. They might have the same problem with some of the pieces on Ksenija Sidorova’s new CD: Vaclav Trojan’s Fairy Tales Concerto, Artem Vassiliev’s Who’s the Puppet? and Petr Londonov’s Scherzo-Toccata are all clear candidates. Sidorova is a nimble accordionist, and gets some nice, shivery effects in aRachmaninov-based arrangement of the Scherzo from Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. But you probably need to be a seriously dedicated accordion-lover for her versions of Grieg’s Holberg Suite and Moszkowski’s Caprice espagnol. url.ie/6l38