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Cello and Piano Duos - MYASKOVSKY, N. / SCRIABIN, A. / SCHNITTKE, A. / RACHMANINOV, S. (Russian Music for Cello and Piano) (WarnerNuzova Duo)

Artist(s) WarnerNuzova Duo, Ensemble
Period(s) 20th CenturyRomantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue CDR90000-120
Label Cedille
Quality   320kbps
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Review By Paul Orgel,Fanfare,November 2011

Wendy Warner and Irina Nuzova’s performance of the Rachmaninoff Cello Sonata is excellent, but there are others out there that are equal to it. Their CD is on my Want List because of their beautiful, committed playing of the well-chosen, less-familiar works on the program, and Cedille’s artistry in capturing the complex sound of Warner’s cello.

Review By Elliot Mandel,Chicago Classical Music,December 2010

The recording of Russian music from cellist Wendy Warner and pianist Irina Nuzova is a formidable debut album for the duo. The music—by Nikolai Miaskovsky, Alexander Scriabin, Alfred Schnittke, and Sergei Prokofiev and Sergei Rachmaninov—displays the Russian penchant for emotionally sweeping melodies that cover the entire range of the cello. Bookending the album are sonatas by Miaskovsky and Rachmaninov, the latter a standard in the repertory. Warner’s enigmatic treatment of Rachmaninov’s sonata captures its shifting moods in the introspective opening movement, the searing allegro scherzando, and the boisterous finale. The great cellist Gregor Piatigorsky transcribed Scriabin’s Etude Op. 8 for piano into an arrangement for cello and piano that


Review By Paul E. Richardson,Russian Life,November 2010

American cellist Wendy Warner and Russian pianist Irina Nuzova, who have been performing together for a few years as the WarnerNuzova Duo, present a warm, and satisfying recording in this collection of works by Miaskovsky, Prokofiev, Scriabin, Schnittke and Rachmaninov. Cedille specializes in recordings of music that is rarely performed in public, but should be, by artists that are not widely known, but should be. The sound quality on this disc is simply superb, and there is a line of grace and sweet melancholy running through every piece, as one would expect on a cello collection that explores the Russian soul.

Review By Jay Harvey,The Indianapolis Star,October 2010

A well-recorded disc of music for piano and cello by Russian composers is among the newest releases by the Cedille label of Chicago. Wendy Warner and Irina Nuzova are the duo, playing two substantial pieces at either end of the program.

Nikolai Miaskovsky’s Sonata No. 2 in A minor is flowing and lyrical, in contrast to the dense statement of duo virtuosity that makes the Rachmaninoff cello-piano sonata a perennial favorite for teams with sufficient stamina and the ability to take the long view. At 34 minutes, the length and seriousness of the Rachmaninoff work makes it a veritable Kreutzer sonata for cellists.

All in all, a well-chosen program, played with consistent mastery.


Review By John Terauds,Toronto Star,September 2010

Chicago-based pianist Irina Nuzova and cellist Wendy Warner serve up a substantial platter of 20th-century chamber music that starts with the gently wistful Cello Sonata No. 2 by nearly forgotten composer Nikolai Myaskovsky and ends with the big-and-bold Sonata in G Minor for Cello and Piano by Sergei Rachmaninov. In between is a transcription of a piano étude by Alexander Scriabin, the winkingly old-fashioned “Musica Nostalgica” by Alfred Schnittke and the aching “Adagio” from the Cinderella ballet suite by Sergei Prokofiev. There’s plenty to savour in the music as well as in the interpretations. Warner’s cello playing is a compelling mixture of iron and silk, while Nuzova’s fingers sound like they’re



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