From the very first moment, the atmosphere seems to glow in Beethoven's last sonata for piano and violoncello, with which Antoaneta Emanuilova and Endri Nini open their new GENUIN CD Momentum. Momentum stands for the potency of the ideal moment, its inherent dynamism, and its independence from temporal processes. In addition to Beethoven, the two award-winning musicians perform Brahms' Cello Sonata in F major and Schumann's Adagio and Allegro, works of great inner fervour that demand the attention of listeners and musicians alike at every moment and yet reward this effort many times over with incredible inner richness. Emanuilova and Nini play the three late works, which are by no means serene, with crackling energy.
Adagio and Allegro for Piano and Cello, Op. 70 (1849) by Robert Schumann, live recording from March 6, 2021 from the Katharinensaal Rostock
American Record Guide
"These two musicians work so well together that their performance matches the best I have heard over these many years. Their balances of phrasing and volume bringt out the conversational aspect of this remarkable romantic music in a highly enjoyable and initmate way."
Review by D. Moore in American Record Guide, January/February 2023, download here
"Full of energy and yet with a precise eye for detail, Antoaneta Emanuilova and Endri Nini throw themselves into this pulsating stream."
CD presentation by Friederike Westerhaus at NDR Kultur