HOWARD SMITH reviews the career of
Alexander Ivashkin, who died in January 2014
With the death of Alexander Ivashkin (1948-2014) the musical world has lost a uniquely proactive advocate for Russian music. He was endowed with a prodigious blend of musical gifts; a virtuoso cellist and conductor, perceptive musical biographer, valued teacher, a festival innovator and champion of modern composition who brought numerous Russian composers to a wider public.
In the 1990s following a number of early Russian recordings on the Melodiya label he was represented by Chandos with the complete cello works of Schnittke, Shostakovitch, Gubaidulina, Giya Kancheli, Nicolai Roslavets, Rachmaninov and Prokofiev. Since the launch of Brilliant Classics in 1996 he recorded Britten's cello music...
Copyright © 15 May 2014 Howard Smith,
Masterton, New Zealand