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Cello Sonatas: Enescu, Prokofiev, Shostakovich / Laura Buruiana (cello), Alexandra Silocea (piano)

Notes & Reviews:

Following two critically acclaimed solo recordings for AVIE, pianist Alexandra Silocea pairs with cellist Laura Buruiana for the Cello Sonatas by Russia's 20th-century compositional giants, Prokofiev and Shostakovich, alongside the much rarer Sonata Movement by compatriot Georges Enescu. Both Russians wrote only one Cello Sonata; Shostakovich when he was on the brink of censorship by the Communist authorities, and Prokofiev when he was in the midst of his.

International Piano
Alexandra Silocea ... reveals a rather special talent.

New York Times
[Buruiana] is a bona-fide virtuoso, drawing a wealth of color, drama, and flowing line from her instrument.

Pianist Alexandra Silocea joins with fellow Romanian cellist Laura Buruiana in two Russian staples of the repertory - the Sonatas of Prokofiev and Shostakovich - along with a much rarer offering by compatriot George Enescu: the single-movement Sonata in F minor, an early work that only recently came to light. Silocea has distinguished herself on previous AVIE releases in repertoire ranging from Debussy and Ravel to Liszt and, notably, Prokofiev. Among Buruiana's distinctions is first prize in the New York-based Young Concert Artists competition in 2003, and a PhD summa cum laude from the National University of Music in Bucharest, where she devoted her thesis to the Enescu F minor Sonata.

New York Times
A bona fide virtuoso, drawing a wealth of color, drama, and flowing line from her instrument.

Audiophile Audition
This premiere album may turn out to be a revelation.


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