Only in the near past, the spirited Russian-American cellist Nina Kotova launched her album, Brahms Reger Schumann, with Warner Classics. For the brand new album, Kotova was joined by the good Brazilian-born pianist José Feghali, a laureate of the Van Cliburn Worldwide Piano Competitors, who died tragically in 2014.
Earlier than we study Kotova’s efficiency on the album, it’s important to take a look at its progressive presentation throughout multimedia platforms. For the album, Kotova collaborated with the legendary actor Robert Redford, multimedia environmental artist Sibylle Szaggars Redford, and movie and videography editor Thomas McBee to supply and launch multimedia NFT. On this one-of-a-kind NFT, Nina Kotova performs Max Reger’s solo cello piece from her album alongside videography by Sibylle Szaggars and Thomas McBee, accompanied by Robert Redford’s narration. The discharge of this NFT based mostly upon Nina Kotova’s launch is a ground-breaking effort to suggest crypto native artwork into the rarified universe of classical music.
Sonically, the album delivers refined and melancholic items that showcase the maturity of Kotova as an artist and performer. This maturity is obvious in Kotova’s efficiency of Fantasiestücke, Op. 73 (Model for Cello): II. Lebhaft, leicht by way of her heart-warmingly tender method and beautiful particulars that emphasise Schumann’s work.
As an album, it’s a refined shift from her 2017 album Rachmaninov & Prokofiev: Cello Sonatas, which explored arguably a extra thrilling pallet when it comes to the dynamics. Nonetheless, this album nonetheless stands mighty and notes that Kotova is a drive in classical music, shifting the needle little by little along with her presentation and exploration.