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After the highly praised recording of music by Ustvolskaya (dda 25130), Natalia Andreeva returns to more familiar territory with this excellent selection of popular sonatas, stretching through the Romantic era in its different aspects. As a bonus, the impressionist 'Estampes' of Debussy is included. A lovely concert-format album.

Companion album: 'Preludes and Fugues' from Bach to Shostakovich dda 25139


AUDIO SAMPLE: Prokofiev - Sonata No. 2 (beginning)

dealer release date: January 20, 2017





CD program:
Ludwig van Beethoven:
Piano Sonata in E minor, Op. 90
Alexander Scriabin:
Piano Sonata No. 10, Op. 70
Sergei Prokofiev:
Piano Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 14
Claude Debussy:

review extracts: for full reviews click here
“Let me say that I thoroughly enjoyed every piece. [The CD] gets off to a great start with the last of Beethoven's middle-period Piano Sonatas... The romance, imagination and intimacy is perfectly captured by Natalia Andreeva. The Sonata No.10 [of Scriabin] is stunningly played here by the soloist. The recording of all the music is ideal. It is always clear, vibrant, powerful and alive. I enjoyed all the music on this CD: the playing is always definitive. I look forward to hearing much more of the pianist Natalia Andreeva playing ‘discoveries' and standard repertoire.” - John France (MusicWeb)

“Both this and Preludes And Fugues [dda 25139] are superb as far as the playing goes. We prefer the gentler Preludes for its Goldberg Variations feel, while this CD is more formal. But they are both outstanding.” Jeremy Condliffe (The Chronicle)

“Andreeva is a gifted performer, researcher and teacher. Her program choices are deliberate, balanced and artful. Her approach is methodical, yet inspired… [she] builds her phrases with care and balance. Andreeva is a deeply thoughtful artist and definitely worth hearing.” - Alex Baran (The Whole Note)

“Students, for instance, will find the clarity of her playing welcome. Andreeva illuminates voices and complex themes through careful pedalling and an academic approach.” – San Woo Kang (American Record Guide)

“ As you'd expect, there's plenty to admire. It's the more luminous and intimate moments that are, on the whole, the most effective. The Scriabin opens with a finely col­ored and evocative sense of mystery, for instance, [but] all in all, if you're interested in getting acquainted with this talented artist—and you definitely should—I'd urge you to start with her Ustvolskaya.” - Peter J. Rabinowitz (Fanfare)