Sergei Nakariakov

Trumpet & Piano

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In 2012, when Alison Balsom, Chris Botti, and a couple of other young musicians sparked renewed interest in virtuosic trumpet playing, Teldec reissued three-disc sets recorded by Sergei Nakariakov in the 1990s, before he was even 20 years old. This set is features trumpet and piano music, much of it arranged by his father or his accompanist on two of the discs, Alexander Markovich. There is a lot of familiar music here, from either the violin encore repertoire, or in the case of the disc titled "Élégie," from the vocal repertoire, but there are a few native to the trumpet. Many will be familiar with Arban's variations on The Carnival of Venice. It's pieces like that, Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, Waxman's Carmen Fantasy, and Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumblebee that show off Nakariakov's agility. The "Élégie" disc -- made with his sister, Vera Nakariakova, as accompanist -- shows his expressive side, which given his age, is understandably not quite mature, but it is at least not hammy. It does highlight his breath control and ability to change tone colors, as in the Vocalise and the "Ave Maria" from Cavalleria rusticana. This particular disc and the first one, "Trumpet Works," do have an issue with the sound in that the piano is kept way under the trumpet, making some of the music seem unbalanced. Even if younger artists are capturing more of the limelight 20 years on, Nakariakov's talent is still very much in evidence and remarkable in these recordings.

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:25
2 4:23
3 2:04
4 1:53
5 4:46
6 3:19
7 1:37
8 2:00
9 2:06
10 1:24
11 1:16
12 2:26
13 3:17
14 2:50
15 2:26
16 3:23
17 3:33
18 1:46
19 5:25
20 3:37
21 1:45
22 3:02
Porgy & Bess
23 5:15
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