Album Review – Nina Kotova – Rachmaninov-Prokofiev: Cello Sonatas

nina_kotovaWithin moments of beginning to listen to Nina Kotova’s latest release it becomes evident that the boundless skill of her previous recordings has been carried over into her new music.

Russian/American Kotova’s performance of Rachmaninov’s Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor and Prokofiev’s Sonata for Cello and Piano in C major is, frankly, nothing short of spellbinding (the album also features 2 pieces from Tchaikovsky). The technical ability which she displays on this recording is impressive, but the slight nuances and personal style is what really sets her apart. There is an elegance and class within her playing style which is hard to replicate and Italian-born pianist Fabio Bidini adds a layer of texture which compliments these recordings perfectly.

Her vast experience of live performance, in venues including the Barbican Centre, Carnegie Hall and the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, is translated into this release as Kotova takes you on a journey through the music of her homeland.

Nina Kotova is a fearless, talented classical musician with the rare ability to interpret music and present it in a way that speaks to many people. On this latest recording we see no signs of her faltering from these standards.

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Ben Corke

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