Listening to the debut album by classical guitarist Alex Chudnovsky, you cannot help being moved by his evocative, lyrical playing. But it is his compelling personal journey that led this Russian-born musician all the way to Melbourne that informs the songs and leaves the listener with an insight into the extraordinary events that led to the making of this record. “The album is a summary of my musical journey as a classical guitarist and composer” he says. I write purely on emotion. I try to express the emotion that I feel through the instrument. If my compositions can impart a pleasant emotional impact on you, then I feel that my purpose has been fulfilled.” It is this very honest and humble approach that has resulted in “The Journey”, a collection of inspiring and moving pieces that will surely find a welcome home in many a record collection around the world.
Tracks: 1] Russian Romance 2] Beautiful Sadness 3] The Journey 4] Sunlight 5] Memories 6] Awakening 7] Beginnings 8] Dreams 9] Emotions 10] Ripples of Silence.
CD REVIEW – by Chris Spencer
Chudnovsky is an acoustic classical guitar player, originally from the Ukraine. This cd chronicles his journey from that country, via Hungary, Austria and Athens via Adelaide where he grew up, to Sydney in 2008. The fi rst song, “Russian Romance” perhaps describes his parents’ meeting, all too short at 1 minute 34 seconds (Perhaps his parents had only a short time together!?); Other titles include “Sunlight”, “Memories”, “Awakening” and culminating in the 5 minute epic, ironically called, “Ripples of Silence.” Most of the tunes are fairly laid back, but “Memories” has a faster rhythm, displaying Alex’s dexterity. “Emotions’ has a bit more Spanish fl amenco feel. It’s hard to believe that at one stage Chudnovsky played electric guitar in his brother’s metal band! These days Chudnovsky “draws upon his love of folk music and composers such as Bach and Brazilian composer, Heitor Villa Lobos”, although due to lack of my knowledge of this genre I am unable to detect any obvious Latin infl uences. For those of you who enjoy relaxing classical guitar, this album should be part of your collection.