Chamber

Russian Music for Cello & Piano

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Russian Music for Cello & Piano

Irina NuzovaWendy Warner

  • CDR 90000 120
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    • I. Allegro moderato (9:42)

    • NIKOLAI MIASKOVSKY (1881–1950)

      Sonata No. 2 in A minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 81 (23:11)

      I. Allegro moderato (9:42)

    • II. Andante cantabile (7:26)

    • II. Andante cantabile (7:26)

    • III. Allegro con spirito (5:56)

    • III. Allegro con spirito (5:56)

    • Etude Op. 8 No. 11 for Piano Solo (4:03)

    • ALEXANDER SCRIABIN (1872–1915)

      Transcription by Gregor Piatigorsky

      Etude Op. 8 No. 11 for Piano Solo (4:03)

    • Musica Nostalgica, for Violoncello and Piano (3:22)

    • ALFRED SCHNITTKE (1934–1998)

      Musica Nostalgica, for Violoncello and Piano (3:22)

    • Adagio from Ten Pieces from Cinderella, Op. 97b (03:51)

    • SERGEI PROKOFIEV (1891 - 1953)

      Adagio from Ten Pieces from Cinderella, Op. 97b (03:51)

    • I. Lento - Allegro moderato (10:39)

    • SERGEI RACHMANINOV (1873 - 1943)

      Sonata in G Minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 19 (34:05)

      I. Lento - Allegro moderato (10:39)

    • II. Allegro scherzando (6:38)

    • II. Allegro scherzando (6:38)

    • III. Andante (5:59)

    • III. Andante (5:59)

    • IV. Allegro mosso (10:34)

    • IV. Allegro mosso (10:34)

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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.

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Album Details

Total Time: 68:55

Producer: James Ginsburg
Engineer: Bill Maylone
Recorded October 27 - 30, 2008, in the Fay and Daniel Levin Performance Studio, WFMT, Chicago
Cello: Pietro Guarneri II, Venice c .1739, "Beatrice Harrison"
Cello bow: Francois Xavier Tourte, c. 1815, the "De Lamare" on extended loan through the Stradivari Society of Chicago
Steinway Piano; Charles Terr, Technician

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