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The Compozitor Publishing House • Saint-Petersburg offers your attention the series “Violist’s Golden Repertoire”, edited by the distinguished musician and teacher Alexey Vladimirovich Lyudevig.
Alexey Vladimirovich Lyudevig is the graduate of the Leningrad Conservatoire, where he studied at professor A. G. Sosin, founder of viola class in Leningrad.
Since 1960, after finishing the Conservatoire and postgraduate programme, A. Lyudevig started teaching at the Leningrad Conservatoire, bringing up the generation of excellent musicians.
A. Lyudevig has been working over 50 years in the world famous Philharmonic orchestra, conducted by Ye. Mravinsky and later by Yu. Temirkanov. During the years in the orchestra, the Laureate of the National Competition A. Lyudevig repeatedly played as the soloist, contributing as the first performer of many classical compositions as well as masterpieces of the 20th century music by P. Hindemith, B. Britten, W. Walton, B. Bartуk, J. Williams, B. Martinu, D. Milhaud, A. Schnittke and others.
Lyudevig was the first at the world stage to perform a lot of works of the Leningrad composers such as V. Tsytovich, D. Finko, G. Firtich, G. Korchmar and many others.
A lot of compositions have been recorded on vinyl and CDs at the Leningrad studio “Melodiya” and released in Russia, Japan, Germany and in the US.
The introduced series “Violist’s Golden Repertoire” includes the substantial compositions of the world musical heritage.
The concerto for viola and orchestra B minor of G. F. Händel was first published under edition and instrumentation by Henri-Gustave Casadesus (1879–1947). The representative of the famous family of French musicians, the violist and the viola d’amour player, Casadesus was also an author of several compositions. There are serious arguments to suppose the Concerto for viola and orchestra B minor of G. F. Händel in fact was created by Casadesus (especially he created some similar stylizations, for example, Suite for string orchestra, which was attributed to С. Ph. E. Bach) — just as Concert for violin “Adelaida” which was attributed to Mozart, was written probably by Henri Casadesus’s brother Marius.
Themes of the Concerto B minor and total structure of cycle of three movements have been written with outward preservation of traditions of Händel and his contemporaries. However, on closer examination it is clear not only in instrumentation (2 flutes, 2 bassoons, strings without figured bass), which indisputably was made by Casadesus, but also in methods of development, structure and tonality plan of the movements, it will become visible a lot of features, characteristic rather for Viennese classicism. However, bright and dramatic music of this concert, still adorning viola repertoire, is now performed, edited and recorded as Händel’s composition.
Honoured Art Worker of Russia