According to Newsweek magazine, Russian-born cellist Nina Kotova “is a fantastically gifted cellist. Very expressive, imaginative… she has a powerful stage presence”. Time magazine states: “She is a musician of high seriousness and real talent”. She has been the subject of numerous features in Vogue, Elle, Hello, The Sunday Telegraph and the Wall Street Journal. Nina Kotova has appeared on the covers of Classic FM, Gramophone China, Il Venerdi Italia and Reader’s Digest and on television on A&E’s “Breakfast with the Arts” and the “Charlie Rose Show”.
The Russian-American cellist Nina Kotova, praised by Gramophone as a “strong and individual artist [whose] depth of feeling and technical control are never in doubt,” here partners with pianist Fabio Bidini in two landmark Russian sonatas from the 20th century, Rachmaninov’s in G minor and Prokofiev’s in C major, and in two smaller pieces by Tchaikovsky. For this recording her partner is the Italian-born pianist Fabio Bidini, whose connection with the United States dates back to 1993, when he was a finalist in the Van Cliburn Competition. In addition to commanding a repertoire of more than 80 concertos, he is an eminent chamber musician and teacher.
So what does a lady do when gifted an opportunity to review an album from a favourite of Times Magazine, Newsweek and The Wallstreet Journal … blush. Rise. And become absorbed by the chic complexity of poetry in motion as it awakens a palette of emotionality under the brim of one’s very own skin.
“…She’s a talent to reckon with – poised, committed, graceful and spirited.”
– Los Angeles Times
Rising in her own power, holding her own vulnerability, fragility, and femininity in composition with ferocious ambition, heart, and dedication Nina shows what it means to hold the world and the room at your fingertips. With grace, courage, and a flair of visuality, she rises into the centre of her own composition proving why she’s ready to take the lead on perhaps the most profound musical movements of our time.
“Nina Kotova displays a maturity and tonality that renders her passionate and delicate performance into a technically superior exhibition.” – Strings
With only the highest respect the soul-scaping lyrism of poetry in motion, Nina shows the ability to melt an ear and diffuse a heart as she infuses her own landscape into each piece. Highlighting the emotionality of the legends that have come before her, the ingenuity to breath new life into something pure and classic, and the technique that causes the hairs on your skin to freckle on edge – Nina Kotova
Highlighting the emotionality of the legends that have come before her, the ingenuity to breath new life into something pure and classic, and the technique that causes the hairs on your skin to freckle on edge – Nina Kotova grows into something sets distinguishable, iconic, and utterly notable.
I’ll admit, I didn’t know Nina before today. But what I’ve seen of her transformation, perseverance and unfaltering quality to rise with the music … makes for its own concerto. (And we all know who takes the lead on this one – right)
As for talent … sometimes words fall flat. Visuals pale. And imaginations have not yet learnt to soar nor imagineer at the levels of something so beautiful. I think I’ll just sit here in breathless awe of magic in motion for the rest of this album.
Nina. You inspire me. To the stars and back.
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