The Fiery Angel (2018)

Prokofiev

Maya Fridman, Artem Belogurov

Taking a large musical work such as an opera, and arranging it into a piece of chamber music, can be quite a daunting task, as you may imagine. But it had been done before, especially in the late 19th century. Taking Sergei Prokofiev’s masterpiece, The Fiery Angel, and recomposing – no, re-imagining – it into a half-hour story that completely conveys the story with just two instruments, that’s a monumental task. A task which Maya Fridman took upon herself in 2015, as part of her Master’s Degree in cello performance (for which she received the highest honors, cum laude).

To be able to create this arrangement, she needed to work out a way to portray all these different roles of the story with just two instruments, cello and piano. The hysterical, erratic Renata, the knight Ruprecht, Madiël, the Fiery Angel himself, and even figures such as the Village Witch and the people at the convent in Trier, all are portrayed wonderfully by Maya’s arrangement for these two instruments. Her famously expressive playing style came in perfectly to suit the various timbres her arrangement requires.

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Maya Fridman

Born on November 7th, 1989 in Moscow, Russia, Maya Fridman is a talented young cellist residing in The Netherlands.

From her early years of playing the cello, Maya was recognized as a prodigy and was taken under the hood of the Foundation of Yuri Bashmet, where she took part in TV and radio programs. While studying at the Moscow State College of Music named after Alfred Schnittke, she was awarded as the First Prize Winner in the International Festival of Slavic Music among many other reputable awards.

In 2010, Maya has been granted admission at the Conservatory of Amsterdam where she studied under Dmity Ferschtman. Here, on the 10th of June, 2016, she successfully finished her Master’s Degree with honours.

During these six years of studying, Maya has participated in several masterclasses and has worked with artists such as David Geringas, Pieter Wispelwey, Gary Hoffman, Frances-Marie Uitti, Anner Bylsma, Ernst Reijseger, and many more.

For the last five years, Maya has been performing regularly in The Netherlands and Germany. Her projects include a successful collaboration with singer- songwriter Jyoti Verhoeff. In December 2013, Jyoti and Maya became finalists of the Grote Prijs van Nederland, where Maya was awarded the Best Musician of 2013 Prize.

She has also accompanied legendary guitar virtuoso Harry Sacksioni on his Jubileum tour and joined bands such as Faun and Cesair as a special guest.

Furthermore, Maya performs together with Aengus Hackett and Mauricio Ramirez under the name of Dinosaur Trio. Dinosaur plays a variety of rock, jazz and improvised music and has toured trough Ireland in the summer of 2014.

In 2015 she released her debut album The Invisible Link which she recorded together with Daniël Kool and released under TRPTK.

Her next album will feature her own arrangement of Prokofiev’s opera The Fiery Angel for cello and piano, on which she worked together with pianist Artem Belogurov. Her arrangement received an acknowledgement during her graduation exam and was nominated for the Amsterdam University of the Arts Graduation Prize 2016 as best work.

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The Fiery Angel (2018)

Prokofiev

Maya Fridman, Artem Belogurov

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The music is, variously, brutal, passionate, and desperate, with the two perform- ers negotiating these emotional hairpin curves fearlessly. Sonically, this is the first chamber music recording I’ve heard that rivals my #1 reference of over 20 years, the Abel/Steinberg violin sonata LPs from Wilson Audio Specialties.

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The Fiery Angel (2018)

Prokofiev

Maya Fridman, Artem Belogurov

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Editing Software: Pyramix
Mastering Engineer: Brendon Heinst
Microphones: Sonodore RCM-402, MPM-81 Tube
Producer: Brendon Heinst
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