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A recording is a sort of magical vial which will forever contain a special musical moment in time. This vial contains all our feelings and thoughts and has the incredible power to keep our memories, knowledge and heritage alive.
Almost two years ago we started this long and beautiful journey in the form of a recording of Italian cello concertos by Casella, Ghedini and Malipiero with our dear friends Valentin Uryupin, Dmitrii Prokofiev and the wonderful Rostov Academic Orchestra. The recording sessions were interrupted by numerous Covid waves and personal challenges, but now the sun is shining and by its light we can share our hope for a brighter future through the music we hold dear.
We are extremely happy to announce that the Naxos label, which supported our project from the beginning, and has announced our album as one of its priority releases for April 2022. Naxos Chairman, Klaus Heymann writes: ‘I hope this release will serve to remind people of our splendid, ongoing Italian Classics series that features repertoire from the 19th and 20th centuries. The album's programme of contrasting mid-20th-century Italian cello concertos comprises three fine works that are rarely performed and are sparsely represented in recording catalogues. All the composers were associated with the cello from a young age, which enabled them to not only indulge in virtuoso showmanship, but to explore the instrument’s expressive potential, a quality that is ably explored by young cellist Nikolay Shugaev... This is his debut recording for Naxos.’
I would like to give enormous thanks to Peter Bromley, Naxos’s Head of Production, who liked the idea of this recording and who supervised the project throughout its entire production.