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Dmitry Ferschtman & Mila Baslawskaja


Over the years – now that we have practically covered the entire classical and romantic repertoire for cello and piano – we have realised more and more clearly why we have become musicians in the first place and what is indispensable for our inner balance.

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About the album

Over the years – now that we have practically covered the entire classical and romantic repertoire for cello and piano – we have realised more and more clearly why we have become musicians in the first place and what is indispensable for our inner balance.

Herein lies the answer to the question of why we have recorded these composers and these pieces at this moment.We both feel that these composers had the greatest influence on our love of music at a very early stage and were even a decisive factor in us becoming musicians.

Starting with Schubert. Listening to Die Winterreise for the first time as young teenagers left an indelible impression for the rest of our lives. We were incredibly lucky to hear Schubert in truly ‘shockingly’ ideal performances: Fischer-Dieskau, Kathleen Ferrier, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf with Gerald Moore and Edwin Fischer….

We were overwhelmed, children still, by the complete symbiosis of music and poetry. This became a guideline for us in the way we wanted to make music ourselves: in essence, always wanting to tell something to the listener. Getting to know first the instrumental and later the vocal music of Schumann strengthened our youthful conviction that ‘enchantment with the story in the music’ is for us the only possible relationship with the listener.

Interestingly, our connection with this music is mirrored by the composers themselves. Reading about Schumann’s life, we discovered that he wrote in a diary or article ‘’Schubert is my everything’’.

Not much later, we also felt the same emotional vulnerability in Dmitry Shostakovich as lies in Schubert and Schumann’s narratives. As a composer Shostakovich (for whom we also played his sonata) is in many ways far removed from the first two. However, what unites these three, in our view, is precisely their keen feeling, their great empathy for human suffering. They are people ‘without skin’ – with an open heart.

Tracklist click to play/pause

  • Franz Schubert

    Arpeggione sonata, D.821

    1. I. Allegro moderato
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    2. II. Adagio
      3:43 Play button Pause button 3:43
    3. III. Allegretto
      9:02 Play button Pause button 9:02
  • Robert Schumann (arr. Dmitry Ferschtman)

    Violin sonata No. 1, Op. 105

    1. I. Mit leidenschaftlichem Ausdruk
      8:14 Play button Pause button 8:14
    2. II. Allegretto
      3:55 Play button Pause button 3:55
    3. III. Lebhaft
      4:43 Play button Pause button 4:43
  • Dmitri Shostakovich

    Cello sonata in D minor, Op. 40

    1. I. Allegro non troppo
      11:55 Play button Pause button 11:55
    2. II. Allegro
      3:32 Play button Pause button 3:32
    3. III. Largo
      7:42 Play button Pause button 7:42
    4. IV. Allegro
      4:34 Play button Pause button 4:34

More information

Genre(s) Classical – Classical (1750-1830)
Classical – Romantic (1830-1920)
Classical – Contemporary (> 1920)
Artist(s) Dmitry Ferschtman
Mila Baslawskaja
Composer(s) Schubert, Franz
Schumann, Robert
Shostakovich, Dmitri
Recording location(s) Westvestkerk, Schiedam (NL)
Cat. No.

TTK 0089

Release date

November 11th, 2022

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"Anyone who has not previously encountered the phenomenal musicianship of this duo awaits an unmissable opportunity with this new album. Indeed, an even more beautifully stylised musical narrative seems to me an impossible task for anyone."

Aart van der Wal, OpusKlassiek

"It is the utterly unfashionable, storytelling uniqueness of this album that piques the ears: Baslawskaya and Ferschtman make the instrumental works as expressive as imaginable (and then some). [...] Everything that comes out of the speaker here immediately touches the soul."

Mischa Spel, NRC

"How deeply wedded the couple's musical souls are together is evident throughout: they support each other and give back and forth space. The mutual balance could hardly be better, the piano tone is clear, portamento and vibrato in the cello are tasteful and the crisp high notes shine."

Paul Herruer, Dagblad van het Noorden

"I couldn't let this album fade away without even a comment. Released a year ago, I downloaded the album in surround DXD. Cellist, Dmitry Ferschtman is centered in the soundstage. His wife, Mila Baslawskaja, plays the grand piano directly behind him (as pictured in the booklet). Soundstage depth is critical in this situation and TRPTK recorded it wonderfully."

Marcus DiBenedetto, HRAudio

"A gem of a recording. Thank you Dmitry and Mila, as well as Brendon Heinst [...] at TRPTK."

Theo Wubbolts, FWD

"And how deeply immersed and delicately played by Ferschtman and Baslawskaya! [...] What a beautifully chosen program, with both musicians giving an emotional insight into why they became musicians in the liner notes."

Theo Wubbolts, Music Emotion

"If anyone is capable of bringing forth the greatness of the composers' material and giving voice to its singing character, it's Ferschtman and Baslawaskaja—a lifetime of music-making will do that."

Ron Schepper, Textura

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