NINA KOTOVA Brahms Reger Schumann

Nina Kotova, cello
José Feghali, piano

2021 release. “A talent to reckon with: poised, committed, graceful and spirited,” is how the Los Angeles Times has described the Russian-American cellist Nina Kotova. Her Warner Classics catalogue already includes an album of sonatas by Rachmaninov. It is now joined by a programme of German Romantic music which she recorded with the Brazilian-born pianist José Feghali, a laureate of the Van Cliburn Competition who died aged just 53 in 2014. Spanning 65 years of musical history, the recital comprises works by Schumann and Brahms, who were close friends, and by Max Reger. He drew inspiration for his Suite No. 2 for solo cello, composed in 1914, from Pablo Casals’s advocacy of Bach’s solo suites.

Cello Sonata No.1 for Piano and Cello Op.38 in E minor

  1. I. Allegro non troppo
  2. II. Allegretto quasi Menuetto
  3. III. Allegro

    Suite No. 2 for Solo Cello Op.131c/2 in D minor
  4. I. Präludium: Largo
  5. II. Gavotte: Allegretto
  6. III. Largo
  7. IV. Gigue: VivaceROBERT SCHUMANN
    Fantasiestücke for Piano and Cello, Op. 73

  8. I. Zart und mit Ausdruck
  9. II. Lebhaft, leicht
  10. III. Rasch und mit Feuer
  11. Adagio and Allegro Op.70 in A flat

Nina Kotova, cello
José Feghali, piano (1-3, 8-11)