vs805: My Images
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Tracks:
CD 1
Bulgarian Suite in Three Parts:
1. Daichovo Horo
Viatcheslav Semionov
1.10

2. Sevdana

Viatcheslav Semionov
2.20
3. Gankino Horo
Viatcheslav Semionov
1.54
Don Rhapsody No.1 in Three Parts:
4. First Tale
Viatcheslav Semionov
2.34
5. Second Tale
Viatcheslav Semionov
4.44
6. Third Tale
Viatcheslav Semionov
4.34
Children Suite No.1 in 5 Movements:
7. Lonely
Viatcheslav Semionov
2.15
8. Old Dance
Viatcheslav Semionov
0.50
9. Magic Box
Viatcheslav Semionov
0.53
10. Fingering
Viatcheslav Semionov
0.47
11. Finale - "Just You Try To Catch Me Up"
Viatcheslav Semionov
1.45
12. Children Suite No.2*
Viatcheslav Semionov
3.46
13. "Devotion" (In Memory of A. Piazzolla)
Viatcheslav Semionov
3.25
14. Don Rhapsody No.2, First Part
Viatcheslav Semionov
4.00
15. Don Rhapsody No.2, Second Part (recorded in 1989)
Viatcheslav Semionov
4.08
CD 2
1 - 3 Brahmsiana - Rhapsody for Accordion in Three Parts
Viatcheslav Semionov
8.37
4. Prophetic Dream
Viatcheslav Semionov
4.35
5. S.O.S. Caprice No.2
Viatcheslav Semionov
5:05
6. Polar Lights - Caprice No.3
Viatcheslav Semionov
3.08
7. Romantic Meditation No.1
Viatcheslav Semionov
2.22
8. Romantic Meditation No.2
Viatcheslav Semionov
2:54
Basqueriad - Sonata No.2 in Three Parts
9. Corrida
Viatcheslav Semionov
4.08
10. Basque Song
Viatcheslav Semionov
2.49
11. Carnival
Viatcheslav Semionov
2.24
12. In the Land of Dreams
Viatcheslav Semionov
2.48
Divertimento in Three Parts
13.Legend
Viatcheslav Semionov
3.28
14. Nostalgia
Viatcheslav Semionov
4.28

15. Journey

Viatcheslav Semionov
3.31
Sound Samples:
Name
Time
mp3 file size
CD 1
Bulgarian Suite in Three Parts:
1. Daichovo Horo
30s

2. Sevdana

30s
3. Gankino Horo
30s
Don Rhapsody No.1 in Three Parts:
4. First Tale
30s
5. Second Tale
30s
6. Third Tale
30s
Children Suite No.1 in 5 Movements:
7. Lonely
30s
8. Old Dance
30s
9. Magic Box
30s
10. Fingering
30s
11. Finale - "Just You Try To Catch Me Up"
30s
12. Children Suite No.2*
30s
13. "Devotion" (In Memory of A. Piazzolla)
30s
14. Don Rhapsody No.2, First Part
30s
15. Don Rhapsody No.2, Second Part (recorded in 1989)
30s
CD 2
1 - 3 Brahmsiana - Rhapsody for Accordion in Three Parts
30s
30s
30s
4. Prophetic Dream
30s
5. S.O.S. Caprice No.2
30s
6. Polar Lights - Caprice No.3
30s
7. Romantic Meditation No.1
30s
8. Romantic Meditation No.2
30s
Basqueriad - Sonata No.2 in Three Parts
9. Corrida
30s
10. Basque Song
30s
11. Carnival
30s
12. In the Land of Dreams
30s
Divertimento in Three Parts
13.Legend
30s
14. Nostalgia
30s

15. Journey

30s
Description: "Foreword by Viatcheslav Semionov"
"In this era of the internet and smart phones, I often receive letters from musicians in different parts of our great county, as well as from Europe, the United States and China, who are interested in my own personal interpretation of my music.

It is difficult to answer many questions unequivocally so I have come up with the idea to collect my previously unissued earlier works and also some new live versions of better known, already published compositions, and to record them myself. In this way the 2 CD album "My Images" was born.

This album is my answer to all the questions which I am asked so often by professional musicians, students, teachers and other devotees of accordion music. Now every interested listener or performer will be able to compare my interpretations of my music with theirs.

I always welcome the creative ideas of other performers. Their profound and sometimes unexpected readings give new life again and again to my musical pieces.

Viatcheslav Semionov

Introduction to "My Images" by Anatoly Beljaev, Peoples' Artists of Russia

Viatcheslav Semionov does not require any special introduction. His bright talent and wide international recognition speak for themselves. What stands out in his creative activity is his gift of being a composer. An important role in his musical evolution was played by the Rostov Musical Conservatory, where he developed into a professional composer. Today he is known as the author of well-known compositions for accordion and as an important interpreter of the music of A. Kusiakov, from whom he took a course of composition.

A great inspiration for the works of his first period was the folk-lore of the Don and his cooperation with the Don Cossacks ensemble. Shortly afterwards, his own ideas and themes began to emerge. So was born the First Sonata, the main theme of which was a confession of the rebellious soul of an artist.

The concerto "Frescoes" written for accordion, chamber orchestra and percussion, was written at the height of Semionov's creativity. In it, he expresses his thoughts about the spiritual development of humanity through the Christian idea.

Semionov's music is a unique phenomenon in the landscape of the art of the accordion. Some of his works have become a benchmark of chamber music for accordion. It is no coincidence that he became a laureate of two international composers' competitions: in 2000 in Moscow and in 2008 in Glasgow. Semionov's works are part of the Anthology of compositions for button accordion". His works are published in Russia, France, Switzerland, Germany, China and the United States.

Viatcheslav Semionov has a strongly pronounced individual style. His music attracts the listener not by showy effects but by its depth, its imagery and its evocation of emotions. As a mature artist, exploring new paths in the accordion repertoire, he has earned recognition around the world. His major works are saturated with emotional heat, reflecting the philosophy of the struggle between good and evil. Each piece is a complete musical image with its own sphere of intonation, harmony and rhythm. And throughout there is a pure and sincere attitude towards the music.

Concerning his compositional technique there must also be mentioned his talent for melody. Melody is the foundation of music.

As the Great Russian composer Georgi Sviridov once said: "If music wants to express the human soul, its sorrow and joy, its secret aspirations, it should return to melody…" So no wonder that Semionov's music is constantly played at musical contests as part of the mandatory repertoire. It is often part of the concert programs of accordion virtuosos from different counties.

Semionov's creations are always based on visual images. His music is flexible, spacious and colorful. He also has a perfect knowledge of the expressive capacities of the modern accordion, which he uses fully and creatively.

Interestingly, Semionov himself is constantly making use of his talent for engineering and working on improving the sound of the instrument. By means of a special design of the reed blocks he managed to make the tone of the free bass keyboard surprisingly gentle, pure and also aligned to the sound of the right keyboard. The listener will notice this on the present album. In 1986 Viatcheslav Semionov succeeded in realizing his idea to fuse the accordion case of a well-known Italian producer "Pigini" with Russian voices of such remarkable masters as Vasiliev, Malyshev, Gavrilin. This resulted in a unique accordion with Russian soul - "Pigini-Semionov".

Viatcheslav Semionov is not only a great accordion player, a composer and a public figure. He is also an outstanding teacher who has created his own school and raised a galaxy of highly respected musicians. Over the years, with full dedication of his time and energy, the eminent professor is working in this difficult and respected area of education.

Many students dream of studying under his supervision. The victories, numbering more than 80, of his students in various prestigious competitions, are worthy of the Guinness Book of Records. The master classes which Semionov leads in different countries are always met with great enthusiasm by young musicians and are always very successful.

Semionov's work in the musical educational system stimulates rather than obstructs his tour activity. His wonderful performing skill and the unique sound of his instrument have brought him into the first line of well-known international artists. Viatcheslav Semionov holds the prestigious title of Peoples' Artists of Russia and his concerts always arouse special interest. He has traveled all over the former Soviet Union and performed in more than 40 countries worldwide. In 2005 he received the "Order of Friendship" award.

Semionov successfully solves the most complex musical tasks of the performer. His style features a stylistic accuracy, variety of articulations and spectacular technique with strong evocation of emotions and colorful dynamic palette. Viatcheslav Semionov is the pride of our national culture and of the modern Russian school of accordion art. He is a role model and an excellent example for our young talented performers.

The unique album "My Images" is a great achievement of this outstanding musician who celebrated his 60th anniversary a few years ago.

This album presents many of his well-known compositions: "Bulgarian Suite" is presented in the new version, the complete 1st and 2nd " Don Rhapsody" are recorded for the first time, both " Children's Suites", two Caprices and also some new works of recent years.

In each of his pieces there is a hidden program, expressed by a vivid emotional theme of musical material, lush harmonies and a distinctive rhythm.

Listening to " Basqueriad" you will feel and almost be able to visualize the atmosphere of " corrida" (part 1). In part 3 "A journey of Divertimento" you will immediately recognize a Russian theme, a Tartar's dance and a Country music style.

The recent works - 2 romantic meditations, Caprice No. 3 "Polar Lights" "In the Land of Dreams" are inspired by the spirit of impressionism which has rarely been expressed in the works of composers writing for the accordion.

These works give the listener a way to go deeper into an inner world, to find and hear what can only be found and heard at moments when music sounds. There are no preset ideas, but there is a latitude of an imaginative perception of music depending on the state, the mood and the attitude of the listener.

From a cognitive point of view the musical material of this album cannot be overestimated: a history of the development of our contemporary original repertoire for the accordion is colorfully displayed here. Some of the pieces presented on this album have already become classics of their genre.

I wish our Master many more years of creativity to write new masterpieces for the instrument which is so much loved bye all people - the accordion.

Anatoly Beljaev,
Peoples' Artists of Russia

Music Books composed by Viatcheslav Semionov

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