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Cello Recital: Warner, Wendy - MYASKOVSKY, N. / SCRIABIN, A. / SCHNITTKE, A. / PROKOFIEV, S. / RACHMANINOV, S. (Russian Music for Cello and Piano)

Cello Recital: Warner, Wendy - MYASKOVSKY, N. / SCRIABIN, A. / SCHNITTKE, A. / PROKOFIEV, S. / RACHMANINOV, S. (Russian Music for Cello and Piano)

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2012


Wendy Warner


Irina Nuzova


WarnerNuzova Duo

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Total Time - 68:10
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Cello Recital: Warner, Wendy - MYASKOVSKY, N. / SCRIABIN, A. / SCHNITTKE, A. / PROKOFIEV, S. / RACHMANINOV, S. (Russian Music for Cello and Piano)

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

1 I. Allegro moderato 9:42
 Irina Nuzova Soloist
2 II. Andante cantabile 7:26
 Wendy Warner Soloist
3 III. Allegro con spirito 5:56
 Wendy Warner Soloist



12 Etudes, Op. 8: No. 11 in B flat minor (arr. G. Piatigorsky)

 Wendy Warner Soloist



Musica nostalgica

 Wendy Warner Soloist



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

 Irina Nuzova Soloist



Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19

7 I. Lento - Allegro moderato 10:39
 Irina Nuzova Soloist
8 II. Allegro scherzando 6:38
 Wendy Warner Soloist
9 III. Andante 5:59
 Irina Nuzova Soloist
10 IV. Allegro mosso 10:34
 Irina Nuzova Soloist

 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.

 "Strongly recommended performances of Russian Cello repertoire that will have a broad appeal beyond core cello aficionados."

Emma Baker - Classic FM Magazine

"Recorded with a particularly pleasing warmth and texture, the performance is direct from the heart, elegant in line and sumptuous in tonal expression..."
Laurence Vittes - Gramophone magazine

                    Artistic Quality 10     Sound Quality 10

                                   Disc of the Month 
"Wendy Warner is a magnificent cellist, and in Irina Nuzova she has found a keyboard partner who matches her in passion, elegance, and imagination. The result is as beautiful a chamber music recital as we have any right to expect, with the music intelligently organized to make an extremely satisfying full program. Miaskovsky’s lovely sonata, written for Rostropovich in the late 1940s, can sound monotonous, with two moderately-paced movements preceding the lively finale. Not here. Warner and Nuzova time each movement perfectly and find so much variety of phrasing and timbre that there’s never a dull moment. Instead, we focus on the music’s abundance of soulful lyricism before the brilliant finale brings the piece to a virtuosic close. Between this work and the Rachmaninov, Warner and Nuzova offer three charming short pieces: Scriabin’s Etude Op. 8 No. 11, transcribed by Piatigorsky; Schnittke’s Nostalgica; and the Adagio from Prokofiev’s Ten Pieces from Cinderella. They make an arresting and highly varied assortment, but it’s the Rachmaninov that’s the real prize.Just to hear the wonderful use of rubato at the opening is a treat. Warner has a real gift among cellists: a low register that never sounds like the proverbial dying cow, and a remarkable evenness of timbre throughout her range. Nuzova, for her part, glitters in the scherzo and finale, but never overpowers her colleague. Perfectly balanced engineering puts you in the same room as the players. A stunning release."
David Hurwitz - - November 2010

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