"Kharitonov composed Reminiscenza Op. 48 for Solo Violoncello less than a year ago for Cicely Parnas who premiered it at the Sitka music festival in the summer of 2018.
The complex work is based on a conflict of opposed thematic material that drives the entire piece to a grandiose climax. Structurally, this tone poem is built around several distinct motifs that are being actively developed. Each section has its own ‘driving’ motif and its development gradually quickens in pace and increases the intensity. The dramatic level reaches its peak during the inexorably rising extended last statement. When all comes to a halt, a contrasting reminiscence of the “idee fixe” shines one last time before an abrupt and volatile ending."