Most listeners will never have heard the name Ivan Khandoshkin (1747-1804), but violinist Anastasia Khitruk has admirably undertaken to bring this little-known solo-violin repertoire to wider attention. Published in the early years of the 19th century, Khandoshkin’s Op. 3 sonatas show the influences we might expect, given the composer’s exposure to a court musical environment that included musicians from Italy, Germany, and France.
If Crosby, Stills, and Nash were native Hawaiians with a taste for fuzzy guitars and prog-ish elements, this is probably the album they would make. Relentlessly chill and earthy, with some tasty harmonies and rhythms nestled into what are otherwise very standard folk/rock songs. This rare album is certainly worth a few listens if you find a copy.