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Few would dispute that the violin is the king of instruments. It is able to call forth emotions and moods that very few other instruments can. In the hands of a master, it has the power to change one's perceptions. Diana Netchaeva is such a master. A graduate of Russia's Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, she has a tremendous list of accolades from the classical music world. But could she transfer her great skill with the violin to the more contemporary world of rock music?

Happily, the answer is yes. With Violin On Fire, this very talented lady tackles a wide variety of sounds, with the result generally being labeled as "progressive rock" or "art rock". There are some shaky moments here and there and the release runs a little too long for its own good, but there are many pleasant moments here and even some truly transcendent ones.

The beginning track "Thunder" starts out in a jarring fashion, with some bouncy electro-pop that by itself seems rather trite. But once the sweet sounds of Ms. Netchaeva's violin enters the picture, the result is more palatable. Even when the underlying music is on the generic side, as it is here, the violin is always a pleasure to listen to, as the notes smoothly flow together without a seam. Diana's technique is playful and light, not bombastic and overbearing. Though there are moments when she shows real fire, she never beats you over the head with technical blood and thunder.

The electronic elements remain throughout the album and classical purists may stick their nose up at them, but there are some really interesting touches. "No Love" integrates the electronics more skillfully than "Thunder", but with "Rage", the intensity really ramps up. It's one of the most electrifying moments on the disc. "Light Magic" is reminiscent of Emerson, Lake and Palmer and shows a more complex style of play...it is true progressive rock with Diana burning up the violin strings.

The album then goes into a bit of a lull as the title track and especially "Drum Line" are on the distinctly more average side. Diana's playing is fine, but "Drum Line" especially just doesn't seem to be up to the quality levels of some of the other material. A fine case in point is "East and West", one of the absolute high points, where Ms. Netchaeva's catchy and sprightly violin riffs remind me of the great Stephane Grapelli. This song also has a powerful burst of almost heavy metal guitar in it that gives it a great kick. Not one for the purists again, but a killer song nonetheless.

The aptly titled "Blues" shows a smokier side to the violin, which interacts with some grinding guitar. "Earth Pain", though, is the highlight of Violin On Fire...a real prog rock epic where Diana cuts loose with emotional playing. The song starts in a melancholy, restrained fashion and the violin fairly weeps along with the music. The track builds in intensity and again adds thunderous heavy guitar and powerful keys, reaching a great climax. This is the peak of Diana's journey into rock and the album doesn't reach this height again.

From there, we get a respectable "I'm Getting Stronger" and a delightful romp called "Country", where more Grapelli-esque, playful violin gets mixed with a thumping techno beat. It sounds odd but works beautifully. The last two cuts, "Workshop" and "Aggressive", sound like filler and "Aggressive" in particular doesn't live up to its name and ends the album on a rather weak note. Diana's playing again is fine here but the underlying music doesn't match up.

At the end of the day, Violin On Fire is a strong and appealing album that shows it is definitely possible for classical violin to make the jump to more modern sounds. A couple of filler tracks like "Drum Line" and "Aggressive" should have been pruned, but I really recommend this album to lovers of quality art/progressive rock. - Mike Korn


2007 - molto espressivo…
Genre: Classical / Instrumental

Classic music is boring and out-dated? No way. That’s just the stereotype of people who furnish themselves with that idea to believe that they will definitely go to sleep as soon as they hear the accords of classic music. In spite of the stereotype that many people are prone to refer to, there are people who really enjoy it and moreover, they devote their life to classic music. And here, Diana Netchaeva is just the person who took up the challenge and in 2007 she released her debut album «molto espressivo…» the home of her interpreted perception of the best classic compositions. The record of the album was made in concert with the unique guitarist V. Chebanov. Such a blend of different people with different cultural and musical preferences reveals the revolution sound of the album where all the compositions go hand in hand with the guitar accords for the first time.

2009 - Violin on Fire
Genre: Rock / Progressive Rock / Art Rock / Instrumental

«Violin on Fire» album is a sizzling waterfall of melodies like foreboding of the catastrophe and expectation of happiness, hope and dream born in the soul and presented as music sounds. The world around us is huge and indefinite and so is the way Diana Netchaeva creates, fabulous and versatile spiral way. The art-rock as the style of music that goes through the whole «Violin on Fire» gives free expression and freedom for a musician. Every single of the album is uniquely and fascinatedly created as the work of art. The themes and arrangements make us astonish with exceptional sounds with fierce air in harmonic and musical experimentation. Each track is a mysterious thing ready to make everyone stuck in and enjoy different music genres to various extents. Here they are, from jazz and rock-n-roll, ethnic and classical music, academic and avant-garde styles. But the main thing is an enchanted accord that marries these conflicting and diverse effects into the gorgeous whole thing named «Violin on Fire».

2011 - Tango Neo (single)
Genre: Dance / Instrumental



Diana Netchaeva is a graduate of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory and a post-graduate of Eduard Grach, the reputed artist of the USSR. She is well-known both in Russia and abroad and Diana is the winner and honoree of various musical contests. Among them the international Palma d'Oro in Italy, the international contest named after A.I.Yampolsky in Dubna.
Diana Netchaeva has lots of tours through Russia and foreign countries, she is eager to participate in such popular events as Russian Winter and Golden Autumn festivals. She also performs solely and along with symphony orchestra, equally exclusively and of genius.
The deep and profound traditions of classical school in violin came to be perfect fundament for Diana to blend the classical accords with innovative trends in music. The talented violinist plays exceptionally alone at violin concerto, presenting plays, sonatas and miniatures virtuoso along with avant-garde compositions as the art rock style.
Diana Netchaeva never stops at what she has accomplished and through imaginative and sometimes bewildering musical sounds and compositions she seeks to share with people with problems that make her exciting and anxious. Violin on Fire released in 2009 reveals the vital themes of love and hate, wars and peace, charity and terrorism, all in present and future through her vivid and unforgettable work of music created by the amazing strokes of her hand.
Diana distinguishes with her unique and incredible way of style, so tremendous and touching. Everyone who hears her emotionally playing the violin, bearing precisely and virtuously the sounds to impress even those who are not concerned in violin music. The brilliant and expressive way of perception and acceptance of the world is what makes Diana differ from other musicians and stand out for her skills and talent to create music coming from the deep inside.