In this eminently listenable debut recording, cellist Adam Grabois and pianist
John Nauman perform with a refinement of tone and a subtlety of touch that
Grabois might be familiar to local audiences, having performed with the Finckel
Cello Quartet a few seasons back at the Hyde Collection.
The recording is also the
first for Grabois’ record company and reflects
his commitment to oversee every aspect of production so the package is stamped
with his particular ideals. Judging from this CD, Grabois and Nauman display
excellent technique to examine every note and phrase. Not a pitch or nuance
is out of place.
They sparkle in Beethoven’s Seven Variations in E-flat Major on “Bei
Mannern, welche Liebe fuehlen” from Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”.
Their lines are as transparent as glass, yet are fused with a tender warmth.
Their articulations are dry and light.
In Debussy’s Cello
Sonata (1915), they use a large palette of richly colored tones and subtle
dynamics to create ethereal moments.
Cello Sonata (1901), Grabois has but to sing his long lines with sonorous
tones. Nauman, whose part was as difficult and as continuous
as any piano concerto, does a marvelous job in every aspect. Their slower
third movement is especially serene and inspired.
The CD is available at www.reflexeditions.com or at www.amazon.com.