Solo Cello Nina Kotova

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Label: Delos

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Chamber Music

Artist: Nina Kotova

Composer: Marin Marais (1656-1728), Paul Hindemith (1895-1963), Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998), Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759), Gaspar Cassado (1897-1966)

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  • Marin Marais (1656 - 1728): Couplets des Folies d'Espagne:
  • 1Marais: Couplets des Folies d'Espagne06:32
  • Paul Hindemith (1895 - 1963): Sonata for Solo Cello, Op. 25/3:
  • 2Hindemith: Sonata for Solo Cello, Op. 25/3: I. Lebhaft, sehr markiert01:43
  • 3Hindemith: Sonata for Solo Cello, Op. 25/3: II Massig schnell, Gemachlich01:25
  • 4Hindemith: Sonata for Solo Cello, Op. 25/3: III Langsam03:26
  • 5Hindemith: Sonata for Solo Cello, Op. 25/3: IV Lebhafte Viertel00:36
  • 6Hindemith: Sonata for Solo Cello, Op. 25/3: V Massig schnell01:50
  • Alfred Schnittke (1934 - 1998): Klingende Buchstaben:
  • 7Schnittke: Klingende Buchstaben03:46
  • J.s. Bach (1685 - 1750): Suite No. 3 for Solo Cello:
  • 8Bach: Suite No. 3 for Solo Cello: I Prelude03:31
  • 9Bach: Suite No. 3 for Solo Cello: II Allemande03:35
  • 10Bach: Suite No. 3 for Solo Cello: III Courante03:22
  • 11Bach: Suite No. 3 for Solo Cello: IV Sarabande03:02
  • 12Bach: Suite No. 3 for Solo Cello: V Bourree 1 & 203:58
  • 13Bach: Suite No. 3 for Solo Cello: VI Gigue03:01
  • George Frideric Handel (1685 - 1759): Passacaglia from Suite No. 7:
  • 14Handel: Passacaglia from Suite No. 703:26
  • Gaspar Cassadó (1897 - 1966): Suite:
  • 15Cassadó: Suite: I Preludio - Fantasia Andante01:25
  • 16Cassadó: Suite: II Sardana (Danza) Allegro giusto01:43
  • 17Cassadó: Suite: III Intermezzo e Danza Finale - Lento ma non troppo - Allegro marcato04:48
  • Total Runtime51:09

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Nina Kotova, the phenomenal Russian-born cellist, astounds listeners with this dazzling album for cello alone. “Solo Cello,” her third album for Delos, reveals her spectacular technique, heartfelt passion and profound comprehension of the extraordinary program she has chosen.

One of her previous albums for Delos, “Nina Kotova – Tchaikovsky,” DE 3531, won praise from critics and garnered this tribute from HuffPost: “Her understanding and elucidation of Tchaikovsky is nonpareil, flamboyant yet measured, but still emanating the turbulence of the music’s emotional impact. Her technique is immaculate and, in combination with her intuitive feel for Tchaikovsky, the end result is a confection of pure elegance.”

Along with a brilliant rendition of J. S. Bach’s C Major Suite for Solo Cello, the Baroque era is represented by Handel and Marin Marais, both with musical fireworks that leave the listener breathless. Works from the 20th century include Hindemith’s Sonata for Solo Cello (four of the five movements were written in one night!); Alfred Schnittke’s haunting tribute to a cellist, Klingende Buchstaben (Sounding Letters); and Gaspar Cassadó’s charming and challenging Suite per Violoncello Solo.

The repertoire for this album is a fascinating combination of well-known and little-known compositions for solo cello. The two transcriptions (of works by Marais and Handel) sound like they were written for solo cello.

Listeners will be amazed by Kotova’s effortless technique and won over by her superb interpretations.

Nina Kotova, cello

Nina Kotova
The Russian-American cellist Nina Kotova, has been praised by Gramophone as a “strong and individual artist” and by the Los Angeles Times as “a talent to reckon with- poised, committed, graceful and spirited.”

Ms. Kotova has been internationally recognized as one of the outstanding instrumentalists of her generation. She has performed as a soloist with symphony orchestras across the globe and has repeatedly toured the UK, Europe, Asia and the US.

Ms. Kotova has performed on Red Square in Moscow, for the Imperial family of Japan and at Buckingham Palace. She has appeared in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, at Town Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York, at Ravinia, Wigmore Hall, the Barbican Centre in London, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, , the Esplanade in Singapore, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Berlin Philharmonic to name a few.

According to Newsweek magazine, “she‘s a fantastically gifted cellist.. and has a powerful stage presence.” Time magazine states: “She is a musician of high seriousness and real talent”. Ms. Kotova has also been the subject of numerous features in Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and the Wall Street Journal, The Sunday Telegraph Magazine, Hello magazine and has appeared on television on A&E’s “Breakfast with the Arts”, “Hard Talk” and the “Charlie Rose Show”. Ms. Kotova has appeared on the covers of Classic FM, Gramophone China, Il Venerdi Italia and Reader’s Digest.

Ms. Kotova has collaborated with musicians such as violinists Joshua Bell, Sarah Chang, Maxim Vengerov and Nikolaj Znaider, guitarist Sir Angel Romero, flutist Sir James Galway and pianists Jose Feghali, Helene Grimaud, Lang Lang and Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Ms. Kotova has performed with conductors including Teodor Currentzis, Stephane Deneve, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Vladimir Jurowski, Claus Peter Flor, Alain Lombard, Nicola Luisotti, Sir Antonio Pappano, Libor Pesek, Tamas Vasary, Hans Vonk and Jaap Van Zweden.

Among Ms. Kotova’s honors is the Tuscan – American Association award for her outstanding cultural contributions as a co-founder of the Tuscan Sun Festival. Ms. Kotova also co-founded the Festival Del Sole/Festival Napa Valley in Napa Valley. She calls the Festivals “a mecca and meeting place for artists and admirers of the arts alike”.

Nina Kotova’s recordings include her chart-topping debut album for Philips Classics, the Bloch “Shelomo” with the Philharmonia of Russia conducted by Constantine Orbelian along with her own Cello Concerto for Delos, the Dvorak Cello Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Andrew Litton for Sony Classics, the Deutsche Grammophon compilation “Masters of the Bow”, which pays homage to the greatest cellists of the last 50 years, and the complete Bach Suites for Unaccompanied Cello for Warner Classics. This past spring, Ms. Kotova released her latest CD: the Rachmaninoff and Profkofiev Cello Sonatas with pianist Fabio Bidini for Warner Classics.

A champion of contemporary music, Ms. Kotova has commissioned and premiered works of leading composers including Christopher Theofanidis, Dmitry Smirnov, Michael Nyman, and Sir Anthony Hopkins. She recently premiered Jonathan Leshnoff’s Cello Concerto with the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra.

A versatile collaborator, Ms. Kotova has performed the Vivaldi double concerto with Bobby McFerrin, appeared on the MTV Music Awards at the MET with Trent Reznor, appeared in Matthew Barney’s Cremaster, performed with Sting and Trudy Styler in the production “Twin Spirits” celebrating the life of Robert Schumann, performed Saint-Saens “The Swan” with Nina Ananiashvili, Irina Dvorovenko, Lil Buck and the soloists of the Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. Nina has appeared with John Malkovich in Iglesias’ “A Registered Patent” and collaborated with Jeremy Irons in Chopin: Seduction, Smoke and Music.

As a composer Nina Kotova has written numerous works for cello and orchestra. Her first Cello Concerto premiered in San Francisco in 2000. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that “like Wolfgang Rihm in 1974, so Kotova in 2000 stands in defiance of both the emotional austerity of last century’s modernism and the new simplicity of so much recent music.” Ms. Kotova was commissioned to write a Triple Concerto by the University of Texas and toured her Cello Concerto “The Tuscan” for cello and chamber orchestra with Dmitry Sitkovetsky conducting across the US featuring its NY premiere at Carnegie Hall.

Russian-born cellist Nina Kotova began cello studies at six. She studied at the Moscow Conservatory and graduated from the Musikhochschule in Cologne. She gave her first performance as a soloist with orchestra at age 11 in Russia. At sixteen, Ms. Kotova made her Western debut in Prague with the Prague Radio Orchestra after winning the 1st Prize at the “Concertino Prague“ competition in 1986. She has carried on the tradition of not only her legendary father, Russian double-bassist Ivan Kotov, but her teachers and mentors, which include Igor Gavrysh, Valentin Feigin and Boris Pergamenschikov, Ms. Kotova has also taught as an Artist in Residence at the University of Texas in Austin.

The highlights of this season include a recital with Helene Grimaud, a concerto tour collaboration with John Malkovich, a concerto and recital tour in Korea and the upcoming releases of her Tchaikovsky recording with Vladimir Fedoseyev and the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, and her Romantic Recital album for Warner Classics.

Booklet for Solo Cello

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