Russian Piano Music

Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Shostakovich, Prokofiev

"This CD makes an impressive introduction to a wide-range of piano music from four popular Russian composers." John France, Music Web Int.

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Order (DACOCD 753)

Franz Schubert

Sonata B flat Major, D960 (1828)

Impromptus op. 90, D899 (1827)

No 1, C minor

No 4, A flat Major


"Nina Kavtaradze proves a fine colorist, projecting Schubert’s harmonic subtleties and surprises with an elastic resonance that remains with us long after the notes themselves decay." Gary Lemco, Audiophile Audition.


MP3 Samples:

Sonata B flat Major, Molto moderato

Scherzo, Allegro vivace con delicatezza

Order (DACOCD 733)

Schumann - Symfonic Etudes

Liszt - Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6

Shchedrin - Humoresque

Kavtaradze - Nostalgic Tango

"Nina Kavtaradze plays with incredible mastery. Every chord is balanced, every rhythmic figure has cogency, every melody its sensual curve, everything totally effortless. But what particularly impresses is the concentrated musical content, the daring, but completely controlled rubato, and the impetuous artistic drive which permeates the playing. This is the great romantic piano tradition which lives on here at full sail with strong feelings, a warm heart and dramatic contempt for death. Nina Kavtaradze was a pupil of the legendary Lev Oborin (1907-1974) at the Moscow conservatoire and thus a pianistic descendant of Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924) and again of his teacher, Franz Liszt (1811-1886). That is to say a tradition where virtuosity goes hand in hand with great pathos, and where the player’s personality and temperament become an important ingredient in the expression as a whole." Thomas Viggo Pedersen

"This is a highly distinguished recording in which many details are in evidence. One feels drawn to both the outward and inner vitality of Nina Kavtaradze’s brilliant playing." John Christiansen, Jyllands-Posten.

Details / Order (DACOCD 681)

Frédéric Chopin

"What is it this Danish-Russian pianist possesses? In modern Danish it´s called star quality. 

...And she can play Chopin with a spirit all her own ...She understands every single note - Slavic as she is. 

...Astounding that this is recorded in Birkeroed!" Berlingske Tidende, Soren H. Shauser. 

"For those music lovers who wants to go further into Chopins piano music rather than just enjoy it as relaxation". Jyllands-Posten, John Christiansen.

MP3 Samples:

Mazurka in D Flat Major, Op. 30, No. 3

Mazurka in a Minor, Op. 68, No. 2

Details / Order (DACOCD 657)

Richard Wagner

Complete Pianoworks (2 CD)

¨Fantasia¨ - 11 Pieces - 3 Sonatas

Chosen by the german music magazine "Neue Musikzeitung" (founded by Robert Schumann) as being one of the top 10 piano CD´s in the world of the year 2000. 

  "It would be difficult to find a better advocate of these works." WAA Music Magazine, the Netherlands.

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Polonaise for four Hands (Both parts played by Nina Kavtaradze)

Sonata, Allegro con brio

Sonata, Menuetto

Grosse Sonate, Allegro con molto

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"The Seasons", op. 37b

"Album for Children", op. 39

Nominated for the Danish Music Award 2003

"Listening to Nina Kavtaradze´s performance I felt carried away to a distant and deeply charming world. I appreciate her approach to this music: it always corresponds with the character of  music, never stresses any effects but follows the lyrical thoughts of the composer." Prof. Dr. Thomas Kohlhase, Tchaikovsky Society, Germany.

MP3 Samples:

The Seasons - October, Autumn Song

The Seasons - November, Troika

Childrens Album - March of the Wooden Soldiers

Childrens Album - Kamarinskaya

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Complete Pianoworks

Volume 1 

16 Pieces

"What a wonderful composer Mussorgsky is. And how richly this is expressed in the way Kavtaradze plays, always marked by sensitivity and engagement."Kristeligt Dagblad, Denmark.

¨Nina Kavtaradze´s contribution, strongly individual and Slavic is of great interest.¨ American Record Guide, USA.

MP3 Samples:

Scherzo, C-Sharp Minor

In the Village

Intermezzo Symfonique

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Volume 2

¨Pictures at an Exhibition¨


¨Scene at the Fair¨

¨Sonata¨ for piano duet (with Mikhail Voskresensky)

¨A disc that provides an authoritative performance of Pictures at an Exhibition plus some enjoyable and interesting lesser known Mussorgsky piano works.¨ Classical Music on the Web, British Music Society.

"For those who do not have a recording of the original Pictures at an Exhibition then this disc is certainly well worth having. It combines an authoritative performance of a piano masterpiece with some enjoyable and interesting fill ups." John Leeman, Musicweb Int.

MP3 Samples:

Pictures at an Exhibition - Ballet of the unhatched Chickens

Pictures  - Two Jews, one rich, the other poor

Pictures  - Limoges, The Market

Pictures - The Hut on Chicken´s Legs

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Herman D. Koppel

Piano Concerto No. 3

with Aalborg Symphony Orchestra

Conductor Moshe Atzmon

Winner of the Danish Music Award 2004

"...brilliant keyboard work of Russian-trained pianist Nina Kavtaradze. She attacks the keyboard with abandon where necessary, but also shows plenty of sensitivity in the Andante and displays a really impressive dynamic range." David Hurwitz, Classics Today.

"The music friends seem to have honoured it´s brilliant achievement from the outset, because apart from the cello concerto the third piano concerto is one of the most popular creations from Koppels feather, which, if it, in addition, is as dashing and lively performed as in this case, could be quite a hit." Rasmus van Rijn, Klassik Heute.

"The Third Piano Concerto is a very entertaining work and deserves much greater exposure and popularity" Rob Barnett, Musicweb Int.

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Rarities of Piano Music

at ¨Schloß vor Husum¨

Prokofieff - Prelude C Major Op. 12

Shostakovich - Preludium C sharp Minor Op. 34, Nr. 10             

Preludium E flat Minor Op. 34, No.  13




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Chopin - Grieg

Sonatas for Cello and Piano

with Erling Blöndal Bengtsson

"...The result is a really terrific album. As when something is solid gold. Ah, one had almost forgotten it existed." Søren H. Schauser, Berlingske Tidende.

"...recorded with a fine blend of temperamental fervour and understandable intensity of chamber music." John Christiansen, Jyllands-Posten.

"...The recording gives a good balance between the cello and Nina Kavtaradze’s excellent piano playing, which is placed in such a way as to avoid the cello being swamped by both composers’ richly pianistic accompaniments. Full marks to Danacord for keeping this repertoire alive and most certainly ‘kicking’ in all senses of the word – highly recommended." Dominy Clements, Musicweb Int.

"Here, the two sonatas are being played as one only seldom have heard - fiery, grave, passionate and stylish." Mogens Wenzel Andreasen, High Fidelity.

MP3 Samples:

Grieg Sonata, Allegro - Allegro molto e marcato 

Chopin Sonata, Largo

Details / Order (DACOCD 644)

Johannes Brahms

Sonatas for Cello and Piano

with Erling Blöndal Bengtsson

Sonata in E Minor, Op. 38

Sonata in F Major, Op. 39





Details (DACOCD 516)

Sonatas for Cello and Piano

with Erling Blöndal Bengtsson

Samuel Barber - Sonata, C Minor, Op. 6

Claude Debussy - Sonata, d Minor Scherzo, C Major Intermezzo, C Minor

Sergei Prokofiev - Sonata, C Major, Op. 11 




Details / Order (DACOCD 548)


Rachmaninoff - Shostakovich

Sonatas for cello and piano

with Erling Blöndal Bengtsson

Sonata g Minor, Op. 19

Sonata D Major, Op. 40


MP3 Samples:

Rachmaninov, Allegro scherzanto

Shostakovich, Allegretto

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