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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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