IGOR SHAMO (1925-1982): Ukrainian Suite, 6 Pictures by Russian Painters*, Vesnyanka*, Classical Suite*, Hutsul Aquarelles, 12 Preludes*, Tarasovi dumy*, Songs of Friendship*, Toccata*, Horovodna*, Humoresque*, 3 Dances, Scherzo*, Fantastic March. * - First Recordings.
Catalogue Number: 03U052
Label: Piano Classics
Description: Shamo was born in Kiev and studied at the national Conservatory with Boris Lyatoshinsky. Attached to his homeland he declined an invitation to move to Moscow, and he stayed the rest of his life in his native Kiev, where he became a highly respected composer and teacher. All his works are rooted in the rich folklore of his native country Ukraine, the moods alternating between melancholic sadness and gloom and dance-inspired frenzy. Though jazz and minimalist techniques periodically surface in Shamo’s music, it bears the stamp of its Soviet times in its generally sunny character and clearly laid-out forms and Bartók casts a shadow over this music almost as often as Prokofiev. 3 CDs. Dimitri Tchesnokov (piano).