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Lynn René Bayley
Fanfare, January 2014

This DVD is strongly recommended viewing not only for fans of Nakariakov or of classical trumpet playing in general, but for anyone involved in the classical music business. It is a perfect illustration of how a talented youngster with an instinctive knack for a particular instrument is turned into a performing monkey by an ambitious family…Sergei Nakariakov’s story is in some ways unique to him, but in many ways universal.

The real value of this film is to see that the adult Nakariakov did indeed become the artist he always wanted to be. His playing…is indeed extraordinary: it almost sounds as if he is using circular breathing, so flawless and pure is his legato, and each piece he plays sounds as if it is being exhaled in one long breath. This is absolutely extraordinary playing…

This is, as I say, both a remarkable and an instructive video, thus I recommend it very highly for both reasons. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review

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