Russian Music for Cello & Piano

Russian Music for Cello & Piano

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by WarnerNuzova
     
 

Each highly gifted and sought-after performers in her own right, cellist Wendy Warner and pianist Irina Nuzova officially joined forces in 2008 to create the WarnerNuzova Duo. In celebration of their Russian musical roots (Nuzova was born in and studied for a time in Russia; Warner is a protégé of Rostropovich), they have selected forSee more details below

Overview

Each highly gifted and sought-after performers in her own right, cellist Wendy Warner and pianist Irina Nuzova officially joined forces in 2008 to create the WarnerNuzova Duo. In celebration of their Russian musical roots (Nuzova was born in and studied for a time in Russia; Warner is a protégé of Rostropovich), they have selected for their first album a selection of Russian music for cello and piano. This is certainly not an unusual programming idea, but their choice of literature goes outside of the box. With the exception of the oft-recorded Rachmaninov sonata, Warner and Nuzova choose pieces with which listeners may be less familiar: the magnificent but woefully underplayed Myaskovsky "Second Sonata," the elegant Piatigorsky transcription of Scriabin's "Op. 8/11 Etude," the playfully clever Schnittke "Musica nostalgica," and charming Prokofiev Adagio from "Cinderella." Throughout the disc, Warner and Nuzova put forth technically spotless playing, extremely tight ensemble playing, ideal balance between the two instruments, and a real sense of a singular musical vision. While Warner's sound is strong and focused -- easily heard over the piano -- her recorded sound quality is surprisingly distant sounding, almost echoic. Apart from this minor flaw, listeners will enjoy a rapturous performance of the Rachmaninov sonata alongside convincing introductions to works that may be less familiar.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/31/2010
Label:
Cedille
UPC:
0735131912020
catalogNumber:
120
Rank:
121394

Tracks

  1. Sonata for cello & piano in G minor, Op. 19  - Sergey Rachmaninov  - Wendy Warner  - Irina Nuzova
  2. Pieces (10) for piano (from the ballet Cinderella), Op. 97: Adagio  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Wendy Warner  - Irina Nuzova
  3. Musica nostalgica, for cello & piano  - Alfred Schnittke  - Wendy Warner  - Irina Nuzova
  4. Etude for piano in B flat minor, Op. 8/11  - Alexander Scriabin  - Wendy Warner  - Irina Nuzova
  5. Sonata for cello (or viola) & piano No. 2 in A minor, Op. 81  - Nikolay Myaskovsky  - Wendy Warner  - Irina Nuzova

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