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Schubert: 'Arpeggione Sonata, D.821;p Chopin: Introduction and Polonaise Brillante, Op. 3; Cello Sonata, Op. 65 / Alexander Zagorinsky, cello; Einar Steen-Nokleberg, piano

Album Summary

>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Arpeggione in A minor, D 821
>Chopin, Frédéric : Introduction and Polonaise for Cello and Piano in C major, Op. 3
>Chopin, Frédéric : Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, B 160/Op. 65
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Notes & Reviews:

Firma Melodiya presents the duo of cellist Alexander Zagorinsky and pianist Einar Steen-Nøkleberg. Alexander Zagorinsky, one of the brightest musicians of his generation. An Meritorious Artist of Russia, professor of the Gnessins Russian Music Academy, prize-winner of the 9th International Tchaikovsky Competition and other significant musical contests, was the first concertmaster of the cello section of the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Moscow Philharmonic Society for ten years. Now he has been a solo performer recognized worldwide for over two decades. Alexander Zagorinsky has performed with the renowned Norwegian pianist and professor Einar Steen-Nøkleberg for many years now. One of the leading interpreter of Edvard Grieg’s music, Steen-Nøkleberg is a recognized performer of romantic music and prominent educator – he has performed and given courses across the world and been a judge at a number of international competitions. The duet of Zagorinsky and Steen-Nøkleberg has been acclaimed by critics as one of today’s best ensembles. The musicians’ complete mutual understanding and common views on the music they play allow them to be one whole when they perform. The album features masterpieces of chamber music from the romantic era – Franz Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata and Frédéric Chopin’s Cello Sonata and Introduction and Polonaise brillante.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
Zagorinsky and Steen-Nokleberg make fine partners, working together with polish (Oh, yes, that's Chopin, isn't it!) and generally accurate technique. Zagorinsky occasionally comes close to missing some of the most virtuosic moments in the Polonaise and the Schubert, both of which are technically demanding sometimes. Taken as a whole, these are satisfying performances with a certain Russian atmosphere about them that fits well with the music. These are convincing interpretations, recorded with effective sound.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: 2014.



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Works Details

>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Arpeggione in A minor, D 821
  • Performers: Einar Steen-Nokleberg (Piano); Alexander Zagorinsky (Cello)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 11/1824

>Chopin, Frédéric : Introduction and Polonaise for Cello and Piano in C major, Op. 3
  • Performers: Einar Steen-Nokleberg (Piano); Alexander Zagorinsky (Cello)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1829-1830

>Chopin, Frédéric : Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, B 160/Op. 65
  • Performers: Einar Steen-Nokleberg (Piano); Alexander Zagorinsky (Cello)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1845-1846