Russian Music for Cello & Piano

Cedille: CDR90000120

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Russian Music for Cello & Piano

Label:

Cedille

Catalogue No:

CDR90000120

Discs:

1

Release date:

31st Aug 2010

Barcode:

0735131912020

Length:

68 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
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Russian Music for Cello & Piano


Miaskovsky:

Cello Sonata No. 2 in A minor, Op. 81

Prokofiev:

Adagio for cello & piano (from Cinderella), Op. 97bis

Rachmaninov:

Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19

Schnittke:

Musica nostalgica

Scriabin:

Étude Op. 8 No. 11 in B flat minor

Transcription by Gregor Piatigorsky


Wendy Warner (cello) & Irina Nuzova (piano)

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The WarnerNuzova duo — cellist Wendy Warner and pianist Irina Nuzova — makes its recording debut with five late-Romantic Russian works on an album dedicated to the memory of one of Warner’s mentors, the illustrious Russian cellist, composer, and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich (1927–2007).

Fittingly, two of the pieces were originally written for Rostropovich: Nikolai Miaskovsky’s rarely heard Sonata No. 2 in A Minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 81; and Alfred Schnittke’s Baroque-inspired Musica nostalgica, for violoncello and piano.

This is the first American recording of Miaskovsky’s mellifluous Sonata No. 2, a work that’s rarely performed outside of Russia. It will be a discovery for most listeners.

Alexander Scriabin’s Etude Op. 8, No. 11, is a beautiful encore piece brimming with chromatic harmonies; Sergei Prokofiev’s Adagio from Ten Pieces from Cinderella, Op. 97b, is based on a duet from his ballet; and Sergei Rachmaninov’s Sonata in G Minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 19, is a riveting four-movement work from the same period as his Second Piano Concerto.

Nikolay Myaskovsky: Cello Sonata No. 2 in A minor, Op. 81

I. Allegro moderato

II. Andante cantabile

III. Allegro con spirito

Alexander Scriabin: 12 Etudes, Op. 8 (arr. for cello and piano)

12 Etudes, Op. 8: No. 11 in B flat minor (arr. for cello and piano)

Alfred Schnittke: Musica nostalgica

Musica nostalgica

Sergey Prokofiev: Adagio, Op. 97bis (from Cinderella, Op. 87)

Adagio, Op. 97bis (from Cinderella, Op. 87)

Sergei Rachmaninov: Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19

I. Lento - Allegro moderato

II. Allegro scherzando

III. Andante

IV. Allegro mosso

Classic FM Magazine

November 2010

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“Warner is a warm, confident and lyrical player who allows the narrative of the music to unfold like a well-told story - a skill that can only come from having real insight into the architecture and soul of this music.”

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