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Nina Kotova

Nina Kotova Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (14 Sep 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B00001IVPE
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 188,070 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Tchaikovsky: Nocturne in C sharp minor, Op.19, No.4 - transcription for cello and chamber orchestra by composerConstantine Orbelian 4:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Rachmaninov: Ne poy, krasavitsa, pri mne, Op.4, No.4 - Arr. for cello and chamber orchestra by N. KotovaConstantine Orbelian 4:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Glazunov: Elégie in D flat, Op.17 for cello and piano - Arr. for cello and chamber orchestra by D. CullenConstantine Orbelian 6:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.25 - Arr. for cello & chamber orchestra by D. Cullen - No.7 in C sharp minorConstantine Orbelian 5:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Stravinsky: Petrouchka - Arr. for cello and chamber orchestra by N. Kotova - Scene 1 - Danse RusseConstantine Orbelian 2:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Fauré: Elégie, Op.24Constantine Orbelian 5:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Rimsky-Korsakov: The Golden Cockerel - Arr. for cello and chamber orchestra by W. Mnatsakanov - Act One - King Dodon's throne room - Hymn to the Sun (Turkish Princess)Constantine Orbelian 4:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Kotova: Sketches from the catwalk - 1. MannequinConstantine Orbelian 1:31£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Kotova: Sketches from the catwalk - 2. CabaretConstantine Orbelian 2:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Kotova: Sketches from the catwalk - 3. ImprovisationConstantine Orbelian 2:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Liadov: Three Pieces, Op.11 for piano - Arr. for cello and chamber orchestra by N. Kotova - No. 1 Prelude in B minorConstantine Orbelian 2:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Kotova: ReminiscenceConstantine Orbelian 3:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Glazunov: Raymonda - Arr. for cello and chamber orchestra by N. Kotova - Entracte (to scene II)Constantine Orbelian 4:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Rachmaninov: Vocalise, Op.34, No.14 - Arr. for cello and chamber orchestra by N. KotovaConstantine Orbelian 7:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Kotova: Dark Blue - 1. Dark BlueConstantine Orbelian 2:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Kotova: Dark Blue - 2. Melting MattersConstantine Orbelian 1:49£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Kotova: Dark Blue - 3. Conversation of twoConstantine Orbelian 2:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Falla: El amor brujo - Arr. for cello and chamber orchestra by W. Mnatsakanov - Ritual Fire DanceConstantine Orbelian 3:12£0.79  Buy MP3 

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Described as "a major Russian prodigy", Nina Kotova, daughter of two musicians, had a promising musical beginning, but had to leave Russia and spent some years modelling and composing before returning to the cello. This debut recording proves that she is indeed very talented but is designed mainly to display her tone, which is full and pure in every register and rather beautiful, if without much variation. The programme consists of short pieces, mostly transcriptions, predominantly Russian and predominantly slow, sentimental and melancholy. Kotova made many arrangements herself, presumably including the orchestrations and there are also several of her own compositions. She describes the latter as representing real-life events and experiences; several contain elements of jazz and improvisation. The orchestrations throughout are full of colour and sound effects but seem more suitable as accompaniments for films than for concert pieces. The playing reflects the rather limited expression and mood of the music, and is clean, disciplined and controlled. It will be interesting to see how this gifted player approaches a musically more substantial, varied programme. --Edith Eisler

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Model cellist?... 21 April 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is a collection of short melodic predominately Russian works for cello and orchestra, including a few of Kotova's own compositions. Some of the works such as Faure's famous Elegie and the Chopin and Rachmaninov pieces are very beautiful.
However, Nina Kotova's interpretations don't exhibit the full range of emotion and passion in the music and as a result she fails to communicate its heart. This is by no means a bad CD, it makes very pleasant listening but I'd recommend Han-Na Chang's "The Swan" as a far superior introduction to the cello (she is an awesome cellist).
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely fantastic 19 Mar 2000
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It is rare to hear such a talented, new classical musician. Ms. Kotova's sound, intonation and technique are all impeccable. What a talent!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars KOTOVA KITSCH 22 Sep 2000
By Melvyn M. Sobel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Ordinarily I wouldn't give a CD like this the time of day (because musical "compilations" drive me to distraction with their helter skelter inanity); however, the repertoire sounded intriguing and the "presentation" of cellist Kotova by Philips flamboyant enough for me to swallow my better judgement.

What came to mind, first, was: Does anybody but a first year student of the cello or a classical music novitiate really buy a CD like this, or actually spend time listening to it? This CD is what used to be derogatorily dismissed as a "bon bon." And it is just this; however, amongst the old "standards," such as the Rachmaninov "Vocalise," the de Falla "Fire Dance" and the Faure "Elegy," are some interesting items played rather swooningly, but curious nevertheless.

Of these, the Chopin "Etude" was the most surprisingly attractive, as well as the Stravinsky "Danse Russe." The Liadov, too, I found well done.

Kotova's own compositions are rather minor affairs, pleasant enough but rather naive.

What I found most distracting was the orchestral "support." It seemed absolutely out of place and ridiculous. Kotova, herself, though shows real promise as a cellist. Her tone is lush and sensuous and tangible. Let her tackle repertoire that is challenging to play and rewarding to hear.

Kotova is better than the sum of these parts.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Haunting and Lingers in the Mind 3 Nov 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I bought Nina Kotova's debut CD after my parents mentioned how thrilled friends of theirs in Salt Lake City had been after attending one of her concerts. I played this CD two or three times a week for six months until other members of my household started pleading for more musical variety. I still put it on occasionally, and more often when I'm alone. It has a haunting quality to it, a sweet beauty and melancholy that linger in the mind long after the music is over. I have bought it as a gift to friends and family members, including a long-term houseguest of ours who practically requested it when she left. Kotova's life story is fascinating -- persecution, exile to two countries, further musical studies, modeling (!), etc., but the main theme in her life and that of her parents is love of music, and it shows on every track of this CD. It is a wonderful debut piece for a relatively young artist. I keep checking back here to see if she has come out with a new CD, and I look forward to hearing her over the years as she matures as an artist.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed. 20 Oct 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I was expecting much more from a Russian cellist. I agree with the New York Times - this is just dinner music. After listening to it for about a week, I put some other music on (Jacqueline du Pre, Yo-Yo Ma) and I could immediately hear the difference. Kotova's playing is "fluffy." And her own pieces do not have much depth.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it is INCREDIBLE 9 Nov 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have read about this artist in Newsweek,Vogue and Time magazines. I saw Miss Kotova's interview with Charlie Rose on TV. She makes an impression of a strikingly attractive but at the same time humble and serious person for whom beauty comes from within.(Although I must admit that she definitely possesses that stunning look of a glamorous young woman) She also mentioned losing her father young,a virtuoso bassist.There is only one unpublished survived recording of him play. Frankly, Miss Kotova's CD was one of the first classical CD's I have ever purchased. I realize now how much I have been missing! Discovering Miss Kotova's Debut CD came as an absolute revelation to me. Her sound itself represents the very essence of humanity,wisdom,kindness and compassion. Her music is so touching and passionate that tears of happiness start running uncontrollably down my face when I am listening to it . I noticed that it made me reconsider certain ways of thinking and even the direction of my life. It actually made me a happier person. And that Petrouchka! With Miss Kotova's own orchestration! Artists like this that have been and are going through thorns to deliver that Ultimate Beauty to us deserve every bit of respect and recognition. Learning to comprehend that kind of message that Nina Kotova clearly sends to us will make us less prone to self-destruction as a civilization.(!)
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet tone 26 July 2001
By Brian H. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I discovered Kotova through a Readers Digest article, and was intrigued, so I bought the disc. The many short selections of the cd is not enough to fully determine what she can bring to the great masterpieces. Based on the selections contained on the cd, one can immediately tell that she is a great cellist with a deep resonant tone. The standards, like Vocalise and Petroushka are well played. The other pieces have been orchestrated by Kotova, which makes the interpretation unique. I always enjoy hearing common pieces in new setting. Let's wait till Kotova tackles some warhorses, like the Shostakovich concerto, or the Bach concertos. If it's anything like her performances here, they will be welcomed by the classical community.
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