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Steve Arloff
MusicWeb International, November 2019

The choice of repertoire on this disc really does showcase the cello’s ability to be serious, capricious, humorous, nostalgic and tragic. One finds here beautifully sonorous music by some 19th century masters of the genre. The original version of Tchaikovsky’s work is reason enough to listen to it for a revelatory experience of a work you thought you knew. Both performers are selling the product with nicely balanced performances, and the engineers deliver a great sound—so plaudits all round! © 2019 MusicWeb International Read complete review



David W. Moore
American Record Guide, November 2019

This is a highly listenable program of music based mainly on folk tunes from Mother Russia, played to a turn by two Russians [Khrychev and Solovieva] who know their stuff.

…We have the cello-piano version of the Serenade that Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakoff wrote for his son Andrei to play on his cello. Later, he orchestrated it; but even that is not often recorded. It is a pleasant way to end a light-hearted and well-played collection. Khrychev is a new name to me and to ARG, but Solovieva has made several fine recordings. This program is worth your while. © 2019 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide




Uwe Krusch
Pizzicato, September 2019

Dmitrii Khrychec and Olga Solovieva have recorded Russian compositions for cello and piano, written in the 19th century. These include the Rococo Variations in the original version by Tchaikovsky. Other works are also first recordings. This music is presented expressively, but not sweetly, so that one really love this sound. © 2019 Pizzicato



Joanne Talbot
The Strad, September 2019

…This performance by Dmitrii Khrychev and Olga Solovieva is both subtle and lyrically persuasive, highlighting the innate classical elegance of the work.

The technical elements, as you’d expect from the principal cellist of the St Petersburg Philharmonic, are impeccable, and equally so in both the Fantasy on Russian Songs by Davidov, and the Fantasy on Gypsy Songs by Konstantin Liadov. © 2019 The Strad Read complete review



Jem Condliffe
Review Corner, July 2019

Karl Davydov, whom Tchaikovsky called “the csar of all cellists”, contributes Fantasy on Russian Songs while Konstantin Lyadov’s offering is Fantasy on Gipsy Songs—you get the picture. This is music to be listened to and enjoyed, not analysed. It’s easy on the ear, thanks to the cello of Khrychev, and genteel throughout. © 2019 Review Corner Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, June 2019

Seldom heard cello and piano versions of Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations and the Serenade by Rimsky-Korsakov fill out a disc of 19th Century Russian Cello Music. Fortunately this version of the Tchaikovsky does not suffer Wilhelm Fitzenhagen’s subsequent tamperings, so that we have the composers original ideas, though I guess you will miss the colourful backdrop that an orchestra adds to the score. Monochrome though that leaves the performance, Olga Solovieva—who has already added four highly acclaimed discs to the Naxos catalogue—does her best to bring a substantial partnership to this World Premiere recording. For his part the Principal Cellist of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Dmitrii Khrychev, is a fine soloist, and when the disc moves to music intended for cello and piano, Davidov’s outgoing Fantasy is full of those soulful songs so beloved by Russians, while he offers the cellist a feast of virtuoso passages. This, and the following Fantasy on Gipsy Songs, are also making their debut on disc, Konstantin Liadov being the father of the famous composer son, Anatol Konstantinovich Liadov. Arensky offers the duo a series of short musical ‘pictures’ including the whirlwind Danse capricieuse and evocative Orientale, and finally, just like a spinning-top, a Humoresque. The recorded sound is close and in a tight acoustic. © 2019 David’s Review Corner



David Mellor
Classic FM, May 2019

The cellist, Dmitrii Khrychev … is a virtuoso player par excellence, with a terrific technique… For anyone who loves Russian romantic music as much as I do, this is quite a discovery. © 2019 Classic FM Read complete review





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