Monday, November 30, 2009

Bayan Sensation Aleksandr Hrustevich

Some time early last month, October 2009, Aleksandr Hrustevich's video on YouTube (see below) became an overnight hit. Aleksandr Hrustevich, also found as "Khrustevich" perhaps due to pronunciation/transliteration from Александр Хрустевич, put the Bayan (a Russian chromatic button accordion) by performing the third movement of "Summer" from Vivaldi’s "Four Seasons."

Featured on NPR's blog and submitted to Digg twice (here & here), viewers raved about his performance, and rightfully so. See for yourself:


You can hear, and watch, more of Aleksandr Hrustevich at his YouTube Channel. Look for more of his inspirational performances for Tchaikovsky, Bach's "C Minor Passacaglia," etc.

I'm not sure if Aleksandr Hrustevich is related to this guy, who is also very much worth watching on the Bayan himself; and I'm not sure if Aleksandr Hrustevich is the same as this profile page (be sure to scroll down a bit) ... also available here in Russian. What I do know, however, is like many others, I found Aleksandr Hrustevich's performances very inspirational and moving.

Although different from a Bayan, this accordion performance also deserves a mention as it is equally inspirational & amazing. Be sure to check it out.

I'm always looking for inspirational material. If you come across any, please don't hesitate to share them with us in the comments.  ▣

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