by Daniel Hathaway
Classical guitarist and Cleveland Institute of Music alumnus Gideon Whitehead has produced his debut CD, Russian Romance, a project funded by a modest KickStarter campaign and apparently produced on a shoestring (the proposal included the purchase of recording equipment, another member of the Whitehead clan was the recording engineer and the album was recorded in a Michigan church). Though charmingly homegrown, Russian Romance sparkles with professionalism and introduces unusual repertoire that will be of interest both to guitarists and lovers of classical guitar music.
Whitehead wrote at the beginning of that project, “For me, it is much more than simply recording an album of music that I love to play — it is a means for me to introduce some really incredible music that has (as far as I can tell) been almost completely ignored by musicians outside of Russia. I know of only a few guitarists who are familiar with this repertoire and I know of absolutely no musicians outside of the guitar community who have ever heard of all but a couple of these composers.”
So right. Those composers include Andrei Sychra, Sergei Rudnev, Nikita Koshkin, Grigori Korchmar and S. Osipov, and they’re all names new to these ears. [Read more…]