This album presents music by Russian composer Nikita Koshkin. Nikita Koshkin is known for taking the guitar beyond its traditional sounds and techniques. Most of his works are programmatic, collections of impressions, stories, or nature scenes. This album received glorious reviews from such prestigious magazines as American Record Guide, Classical Guitar Magazine (UK), and Soundboard Magazine.
“The Russian guitarist Nikita Koshkin is one of the most inventive composers for the guitar in the history of the instrument. His music took the guitar world by storm in the early 1980s when his chief ambassador, Vladimir Mikulka, played the UK premieres of several of his works including the now legendary Prince’s Toys Suite, a landmark in the history of guitar music. No-one has been more associated with Koshkin’s music than Mikulka and his interpretative performances of many of these masterworks have never been surpassed. From a personal viewpoint the ‘moment of magic’ for me was being there at these UK premieres, one of the most exciting guitar experiences I have ever had. Listening to Ukrainian guitarist Marina Alexandra’s playing on this new release has turned back the clock and brought all those emotive sentiments of that concert in the 80s back once again. Her phenomenal technique is unquestionable so it is all down to her powers of interpretation as to whether or not these compositions work in her hands and it has to be said that on the strength of this recording she could easily become the female counterpart to the legendary Mikulka.” -Steve Marsh from Classical Guitar Magazine (2009)