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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.

Nikolai Miaskovsky (1881 – 1950), Sonata No. 2 in A minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 81 (23:11)

1 I. Allegro moderato (9:42)
2 II. Andante cantabile (7:26)
3 III. Allegro con spirito (5:56)

Alexander Scriabin (1872 – 1915), Etude Op. 8, No. 11 (04:03)Transcription by Gregor Piatigorsky

Alfred Schnittke (1934 – 1998), Musica Nostalgica, for Violoncello and Piano (03:22)

Sergei Prokofiev (1891 – 1953), Adagio from Ten Pieces from Cinderella, Op. 97b (03:51)

Sergei Rachmaninov(1873 – 1943), Sonata in G Minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 19 (34:05)

7 I. Lento – Allegro moderato (10:39)
8 II. Allegro scherzando (6:38)
9 III. Andante (5:59)
10 IV. Allegro mosso (10:34)

Production Credits

Producer James Ginsburg
Engineer Bill Maylone
Recorded October 27–30, 2008, in the Fay and Daniel Levin Performance Studio, WFMT, Chicago
Cello 1772 Giuseppe Gagliano
Cello bow François Xavier Tourte, c. 1815, the “De Lamare” on extended loan through the Stradivari Society of Chicago Steinway Piano; Charles Terr, Technician