The romance of Russia laced through Jablokov live album

Vladimir and Anton Jablokov, photographed by Barry McCall
Vladimir and Anton Jablokov, photographed by Barry McCall

THE dashing Brothers Jablokov are coming back, bringing their Slovakian passion for the violin to the concert hall on Friday October 28.

Vladimir and Anton are having a terrific time of it, recording fresh material and selling out prestigious venues. Collaborations and partnerships are on the rise also, as with the divine Katherine Jenkins for whom they were guest artists on her UK tour.

Whilst always a joyful presence on stage, and booked at least twice a year for Limerick’s largest venue, UCH, this autumnal performance will be to introduce their latest album ‘Vladimir &  Anton’ to fans.

Expect romance entwined with the unmistakable sounds of the Ukraine, eastern greats such as Katushya and his ‘Flight of the Bumble Bee’, waltzes to charm a Cossack officer from his steed, and the divine ‘Theme from Cheburaska’.

This is music for falling in love to over ‘Moscow Nights’ and the sultry slow of ‘Dark Eyes’. Even Dr Zhivago could find his pulse again to chords so pure and exciting.

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Vladimir and Anton, middle brothers to this family of greats, release their new album on Rubyworks, the label that manages Hozier and Rodrigo y Gabriela. ‘Vladimir & Anton Live’ was recorded over three sold-out nights at Wexford Arts Centre earlier this year.

Word is that these violinists and improvisors are influenced by the adventures of paternal grandfather Nikolaj who was born in Moscow in 1925. The album is billed as “a thrilling Trans-Siberian musical adventure from St Petersburg to Vladivostok” and is the essential vehicle for works by Prokofiev, Rimsky-Korsakov and Shostakovich

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