Charles Mokotoff | Autumn Elegy

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Autumn Elegy

by Charles Mokotoff

Classical guitar music of the 20th Century including lesser known works along with classics of the literature.
Genre: Classical: Twentieth Century
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Capriccio Diabolico
8:45 $0.99
2. Autumn Elegy
7:44 $0.99
3. Elogio De La Guitarra: I
5:08 $0.99
4. Elogio De La Guitarra: II
4:06 $0.99
5. Elogio De La Guitarra: III
5:59 $0.99
6. Variations On Sakura
6:22 $0.99
7. Fall of Birds
7:33 $0.99
8. En Los Trigales
3:41 $0.99
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Album Notes
Charles Mokotoff has had a career spanning several decades that includes performances in disparate locations from Hong Kong to Singapore, New York and Boston.

This recording was created in 1985 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. After more than 20 years it has been re-mastered and made available for public distribution.

Mr. Mokotoff holds both Bachelors and Masters degrees in guitar performance from Syracuse University and Ithaca College, respectively. He has served on the faculties of numerous colleges and universities in the New York and New England area as a lecturer in classical guitar and lute.

Prior to settling in the Washington, DC area in 1991 Mr. Mokotoff made his home in New England where he was widely recognized as an active guitarist and Renaissance lute player in the 1980’s. During that period his career culminated with two Far East tours and a well-received New York City debut at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in 1987. The program was entirely music of the 20th Century, featuring the Premier of Autumn Elegy by William Coble, written and dedicated to him.

Currently, Charles Mokotoff pursues classical guitar as a hobby. He is a frequent performer in the Washington DC area both independently and as a member of various performance organizations. Mr. Mokotoff has been hearing impaired for a good deal of his life and is an active member of the Association of Adult Musicians with Hearing Loss.

Critical Praise for Classical Guitarist Charles Mokotoff

"…exceptional among debutantes...a thoughtful, gentlemanly artist, technically fastidious and able to coax a range of sounds from his instrument."
New York Times
"An artist who possesses vast guitar technique and musicianship, as well as a much rarer gift: a talent for programming. One got the feeling from Mr. Mokotoff's repertoire that the era of hopelessly unidiomatic guitar music has finally passed."
Hong Kong Standard
"Classical guitarist Charles Mokotoff returned for his second performance in the Cultural Series. He played works by Bach, Scarlatti, Mangoré, Granados and Albéniz to resounding applause. "
State Magazine (periodical of the US Department of State)
"...technical difficulties were no obstacle for the performer. The concert was delightful from beginning to end."
Northeastern University News (Mass.)

"...he demonstrated the heights of his virtuoso skills...the entire program emitted a golden sheen which warmed many in the audience..."
North Reading Transcript (Mass.)

"Mokotoff showed himself to be a musician of refined taste and deft technique. He chose the ornaments of early music and large flurries of guitar strumming in the Spanish music with care and good judgment."
Springfield Morning Union (Mass.)

"...Bach's Chaconne was a masterpiece of contrapuntal sounds played with deep feeling and profound understanding of the original...the capacity audience responded with vigorous applause."
Times-Herald Record (NY)

"The full range of Mokotoff's technique and extraordinary musicianship was displayed by the flamenco-inspired works of Turina...a virtuoso on the classical guitar"
Salem Evening News (Mass.)

"He needed only to begin playing a Sonata by Scarlatti to have them convinced of his skill and artistry on the classical guitar...(the work by Nikita Koshkin was) performed with beautiful tone, seemingly effortless runs up and down the guitar neck and deft fingering."
New Milford Times (CT)



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R. Reese

Extraordinarily Beautiful
Charles Mokotoff has created the equivalent of musical spun gold with Autumn Elegy. He is an extraordinary musician who infuses his talent and love of music into every note on this CD. While listening I find myself in awe that he in fact does not have three or four additional fingers than the average classical guitarist. It is also remarkable that Charles coerces his guitar to make sounds which leave the listener certain that he has nearly super human technique and skill. Clearly the best artist I have heard in this genre.


He practices all day he better sound good!
His daughter Corinna

Marvin Kaplan

This is amazing guitar paying
Charles Mokotoff is simply a stunning musician and this album just inspires me every time I listen. Highly recommended!


What a player!
This is fascinating, an old master tape comes alive, sounds like it was done yesterday! The collection of music is terrific and Charles Mokotoff really makes this sing. I had never heard the Coble which is just an amazing work, nor the entire Rodrigo Elegio before. He plays this complex music as if it were nothing at all...I am surprised we have not heard more from this guitarist who deserves more attention. Recommended highly!!