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.
[Running time: 68:12]