Russian Romantics by Hideko Udagawa

Introducing a beautiful new album exploring rare Russian repertoire for violin and piano.

We are delighted to announce the new album from renowned international violinist Hideko Udagawa.

Featuring a fascinating selection of music by Glinka, Glière, Cui, Glazunov, Kosenko and Rubinstein, this new recording brings to light a part of the Russian repertoire that has been rather overlooked. Of key interest to music fans is the first recording of Glinka’s Sonata (violin version), a piece that he considered the best of his early compositions, and the world premiere recordings of Alla Spagnuola by Cui and Dreams & Impromptu by Kosenko.

As a protégée of Nathan Milstein, Hideko Udagawa has a deep affinity for the Russian repertoire and has spent a considerable amount of her career performing, researching and recording Russian works for violin. Her recordings of rare Russian concertos include the Lyapunov, Glazunov and Khachaturian’s Concerto-Rhapsody with both the London Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic orchestras. In addition, her albums of rare works for violin and piano include Khachaturian with Boris Berezovsky and Rachmaninov with Konstantin Lifschitz. It is therefore fitting that, with Russian Romantics, Hideko Udagawa is the first artist to record outside of Russia on the St Petersburg-based Northern Flowers label.

One of two major Russian classical music labels, Northern Flowers was established to continue the cultural legacy of the many composers associated with ‘the Northern Capital’. The label has recorded many of the great Russian artists including Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, Grigory Sokolov and Eduard Serov. Thanks to the worldwide agreement with ALTO UK, we are pleased to announce that these recordings are now widely available outside of Russia for the first time.

“Udagawa’s mastery of the Russian school of violin playing is a tour de force.”
John Brunning, Classic FM Magazine (Editor’s Choice)

“The [Lyuponov] concerto’s rather grand manner suits Udagawa’s noble style and steely tone wonderfully well.”
★★★★★ Tim Ashley, The Guardian

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