ALEXANDER PRIOR (b.1995): Velesslavitsa.
Catalogue Number: 05L108
Label: Toccata Classics
Reference: TOCC 0109
Description: This live recording from April 2009 features the work of a 16-year-old British composer with solo parts played by a ten-year-old pianist, 12- and 13-year old violinists and 15-year-old cellist. Prior was in his fourth year of study at the St. Petersburg Conservatory under Boris Tishchenko at the time and the music is steeped in the Russian Romantic tradition - especially Mussorgsky and Rimsky-Korsakov (although a British reviewer also suggested Howard Shore's Lord of the Rings scores and Basil Poledouris's for the Conan films!). Needless to say, it is relentlessly tonal, makes a big, colorful orchestral noise and makes us wonder what Prior will be writing at a time when we've all been dead for twenty years. Zhang Xiao Ming (piano), Michael Province, Simone Porter (violins), Nathan Chan (cello), Northern Sinfonia; Alexander Prior.