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Russian Music For Cello & Piano / WarnerNuzova Duo

Miaskovsky / Warner / Nuzona
Release Date: 08/31/2010 
Label:  Cedille Records   Catalog #: 120   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Alexander ScriabinAlfred SchnittkeSergei ProkofievSergei Rachmaninov,   ... 
Performer:  Wendy WarnerIrina Nuzova
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warner Nuzova Duo
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


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
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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, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 8: no 11 in B flat minor by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Wendy Warner (Cello), Irina Nuzova (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warner Nuzova Duo
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1894; Russia 
Venue:  Fay and Daniel Levin Performance Studio, 
Length: 4 Minutes 8 Secs. 
2. Musica nostalgica by Alfred Schnittke
Performer:  Irina Nuzova (Piano), Wendy Warner (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warner Nuzova Duo
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1992 
Venue:  Fay and Daniel Levin Performance Studio, 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
3. Adagio for Cello and Piano from Cinderella, Op. 97a by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Wendy Warner (Cello), Irina Nuzova (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warner Nuzova Duo
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USSR 
Venue:  Fay and Daniel Levin Performance Studio, 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
4. Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 19 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Wendy Warner (Cello), Irina Nuzova (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warner Nuzova Duo
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Russia 
Venue:  Fay and Daniel Levin Performance Studio, 
Length: 33 Minutes 21 Secs. 
5. Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 in A minor, Op. 81 by Nikolay Myaskovsky
Performer:  Wendy Warner (Cello), Irina Nuzova (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warner Nuzova Duo
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948-1949; USSR 
Venue:  Fay and Daniel Levin Performance Studio, 
Length: 23 Minutes 18 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Cello Sonata No. 2 in A minor, Op. 81: I. Allegro moderato
Cello Sonata No. 2 in A minor, Op. 81: II. Andante cantabile
Cello Sonata No. 2 in A minor, Op. 81: III. Allegro con spirito
12 Etudes, Op. 8 (arr. for cello and piano): 12 Etudes, Op. 8: No. 11 in B flat minor (arr. for cello and piano)
Musica nostalgica
Adagio, Op. 97bis (from Cinderella, Op. 87)
Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19: I. Lento - Allegro moderato
Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19: II. Allegro scherzando
Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19: III. Andante
Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19: IV. Allegro mosso

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