Oleg Kiselev’s Strawberries and cream is a book of charming compositions, full of life. It’s available now from Tecla. Its composer Oleg Kiselev is Russian and I met him in 2004, in Serbia. He’s a very cheerful person and his music makes one feel good. Strawberries and Cream has lots of delightful pieces, mostly not difficult. It has 48 pages and includes a CD of the entire contents. I ordered some copies, and we can now supply this book.
Classical Guitar magazine wrote about Strawberries and Cream in September 2005: “It consists of 28 little pieces of considerable charm and variety … it is the music that matters and it is wonderful. It is all not too difficult … I do hope that an enterprising music company has arranged to get this imported into the UK.”
Yes we have! The book is available from Tecla Editions.
Here’s the complete review from Classical Guitar magazine:
Classical Guitar magazine
September 2005, review by Chris Dumigan
STRAWBERRY WITH CREAM
by Oleg Kiselev
Music Production International. 48 pp (includes CD of entire contents)
“This is a Russian publishing house, so I have absolutely no idea how you might get hold of this, should you want to. It consists of 28 little pieces of considerable charm and variety written by a composer with charm and a handy ear for the unusual yet melodic. The entire book is in Russian except for the translated titles but that is of little consequence; it is the music that matters and it is wonderful. It is all not too difficult and is approachable and immediately involving, yet not full of clichés. Firstly you have the Children’s Suite, a four-movement work; and then an Autumnal Suite again consisting of four items, both works of only moderate difficulty yet full of interesting music. There follows 10 Easy Pieces, which are still not too easy; moderate is a fairer term, as you do have to have a certain maturity of technique to make a proper job of them. There is much to enjoy here, as in the final 10 Etudes, that although are lovely pieces of music, yet still remaining technique-based. I haven’t come across this composer before but on this one volume alone I hope I see more. I do hope that an enterprising music company has arranged to get this imported into the UK, as it would be a great shame if such original and entertaining music as this remained unattainable to the majority of our readership.”
Copyright 2006 by Tecla Editions. Errors and omissions excepted.