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Featuring brand new arrangements/transcriptions of classic repertoire

Nazrin Rashidova violin
Stanislav Hvartchilkov classical guitar

UK physical release date: 2 September 2016
US and digital release date: 30 September 2016
Rest of the world will follow these dates

Johan HALVORSEN (1964-1935)
1 Passacaglia in G minor for Violin and Viola

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791)
2 Adagio in E major for Violin and Orchestra, K. 261

Georges BIZET (1838-1875)
Carmen – Suite No. 1
3 I. Prélude
4 II. Aragonaise
5 IV. Séguédille
6 vi. Les Toréadors

Carmen – Suite No. 2
7 II. Habanera
8 iv. Chanson du Toréador
9 vi. Danse bohème

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)
10. Das Orgelbuchlein, BWV 599-644: Ich ruf’ zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639

11 Variations on Carnival of Venice

Edward ELGAR (1857-1934)
12 Salut d’amour, Op. 12, Liebesgruss

All works transcribed & arranged by Nazrin Rashidova & Stanislav Hvartchilkov

Album cover photo © Omur Black

The combination of violin and guitar is not so uncommon today, partly due to the appeal of the
instruments’ complementary timbres. However, it is still quite challenging to find works for the
duo where the roles are equally demanding and virtuosic, not only musically and technically,
but most importantly, tonally and dynamically. With the present recording, we wanted to
demonstrate music which displays this equal balance, through brand new arrangements of finely
crafted selections of popular classical works.

Our collaboration began over a decade ago, when we met during our studies at the Royal
Academy of Music, London. During this time, and since, we have arranged and transcribed
a considerable amount of diverse repertoire from different periods and genres. With a few
exceptions, the majority of the material on ʻCarnivalʼ, our second album, is entirely arranged/
composed by ourselves.
Nazrin Rashidova and Stanislav Hvartchilkov

Press Quotes

“For those who enjoy this kind of program, Rashidova’s and Hvartchilkov’s should be appropriate for either careful listening or exquisite entertainment. It’s short, but it’s oh, so sweet. Urgently recommended.” [Fanfare, 2017]

“Colours of Europe in a delightful violin and guitar recital” [The Strad, 2016]