“Recently I recorded the CD of the music written for the violin solo, which one of the most difficult and challenging repertoire ever written for the violin,” Kurti said. “The music is by Eugene Ysaye, and the title is ‘Six Sonatas for Violin Solo, op. 27.’ You can also see it at the end of the video.”
The CD was recorded for the music label Blue Griffin Recording based in Lansing, Michigan with Dr. Sergei Kvitko as the sound engineer and producer. Kvitko holds a doctorate in piano performance from Michigan State University.
“Kvitko is also the one who recorded and made the video. He was a guest at my NSU faculty recital on March 14, and then on March 15 and 16 we shot footage for two movies/videos,” he said.
A second video is currently in production and will feature Kurti performing and speaking about himself, Northwestern and Natchitoches.
Eugene Ysaye’s “Six Sonatas for Violin Solo” have only been recorded by 26 people before, Kurti said.
“Therefore, I am very happy, fortunate and proud that I will be joining ‘the club!’ This opus was the topic of my doctoral dissertation from the University of Georgia, which I received in 2003, one year before accepting the faculty position at NSU.
“The idea of six sonatas -- each one representing a part of that day -- was mine. However, Kvitko and I brain stormed a bit and came up with the ideas for both movies. What is really wonderful and fortunate for me is that the City of Natchitoches' community made these movies possible with their financial support. About 25 families and individuals helped. The most instrumental ones are Jan and Rodney Harrington, Melanie McCain and Wayne McCullen.”
Kurti has received complimentary responses from all over the world
“In the past few weeks I have received probably around 300 messages mainly via Facebook and also on YouTube,” he said. “I am planning to have a solo violin recital in the fall, most likely in Magale Recital Hall, which should also serve as the CD release party, where the interested buyers will have their CDs signed by me.”
To view the video, visit youtube.com and search “Andrej Kurti.” CDs are available at www.andrejkurti.com.