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Mikhail Nemtsov

Carole Nash Recital Room, RNCM

7 February 2014

Misha Nemtsov

A wonderful concert from Mikhail Nemtsov and his sister Elena, on cello and piano respectively.

We were blessed to hear it, Mikhail’s playing (I’ll make him the focus of my review) being quite phenomenal.  He’s a rare talent, as exceptional as the chosen works – by Cassadó, Britten, Glazunov and Rachmaninov – were difficult.  Britten’s Sonata in C major, in particular, makes absurd, almost impossible demands on the cellist.  Mikhail was more than equal to it.

There were no less than two encores at the end, pieces by Chopin and Shostakovich: a telling measure of how well Mikhail and Elena were received, how reluctant the audience were to let them go.  And of their generosity too.

Two talents abundant with promise.