Dana Zemtsov

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Original Recording Format: DSD 64
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Most things there are to say about this CD, I tried to reveal as best as I could through music. However, I must warn the listener; here one will scarsely find lyrical melodies and heartwarming beauty with which music is so often associated. Instead, there will be tales of war, perplexed wanderings through obscured labyrinths, intense cries of despair, sour tears of sorrow, maybe at places an ironic grinn.

In this collection of works, these very diverse pieces are bound by an atmospherical legacy that is codified by each composer in his own very individual language. The pieces included in this programme are written in an overwhelmingly sincere manner. Some pieces consist of such thick vital layers, that to start to decipher them is to set oneself a task for life. The more one digs into each piece the more the details seem to multiply and the more one has left to investigate.

Unlike other stringed instruments the viola repertoire hasn’t been as thoroughly explored, and a big part is thus left quite “intact”. Many wonderful violists arose since the beginning of the 20th century, starting the quest and stimulating composers to write for viola. As we are in this searching phase a tradition in the repertoire hasn’t quite been established yet. This gives our generation the luxurious liberty to read and explore practically freshly new music from different centuries.

I am extremely thankful, proud and honoured to be able to present my first contribution to this quest; my first step into the course of a lifelong exploration of the enigma of the musical language.

Dana Zemtsov


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Recitativo Scherzo
Sonata op. 25 - Breite Viertel
Sonata op. 25 - Sehr Langsam
Sonata op. 25 - Rasendes Zeitmass
Sonata op. 25 - Langsam
Capriccio - Hommage a Paganini in C
Sonata Poeme
Prelude - Ysaye
Chromatic Fantasy - transcription Kodaly-Kugel

Total time: 00:56:50

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van den Hul

Digital Converters

Grimm DSD AD

Mastering Engineer

Jared Sacks

Mastering Equipment

B&W 803 diamond series


Bruel & Kjaer, Schoeps

Mixing Board

Rens Heijnis custom made


Original Recording Format


Jared Sacks

Recording Engineer

Jared Sacks

Recording location

Deventer The Netherlands

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Recording Type & Bit Rate


Release DateApril 25, 2014

Press reviews

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Early Zemtsov, delightful Zemtsov, ever enjoyable Zemtsov. Yes, I do like the way Dana Zemtsov plays. Don’t you know some artists like that? Musicians whose approach to making music, their style, their interpretative leanings, simply align to your delight? Well Dana Zemtsov on viola is such a musician for me. And, on this album, couple my enjoyment of her playing style to a program of works that are challenging and fairly unique, and then add the special sauce of Jared Sacks as the recording and mastering engineer, and altogether we have a winning combination.


There are points in Dana Zemtsov’s performance of Michael Kugel’s Sonata – Poème where her double stopping is so perfectly tuned, so varied in colour and with such considerable distances in the intervals between the notes that you would be forgiven for thinking it sounded more like a chamber orchestra or, at least, a string quartet than simply a single viola playing more than one note at once. (…) fascinating and excitingly varied programme (…) At the very least, this disc is a compilation of hidden gems; at the very best, a snapshot of a great artist at the start of her career.

De Telegraaf

(…) Solostukken van Kreisler, Hindemith, Stravinsky en anderen profiteren volop van haar rijk doorvoede toon. De veroveringsdrang is om u tegen te zeggen. (…)

Audiophile Audition

(…) up and coming sensation Dana Zemtsov has given us a fine album that never dulls, never bores, and shows just how rich the instrument really is—and all this without an accompanist. (…) surround sound is a perfect vehicle for solo instruments, and so the case is made here, with Channel’s superb engineering coming to the fore and manifesting Zemtsov’s amazing playing and beautiful tone with depth and luxuriant resonance. This is well worth the outlay, and I suspect that not a few people will come away with a new aural image of the viola ingrained in their minds.


(…) Dit is een rijke cd, qua diversiteit en kwaliteit van de altvioliste (…) elke track lijkt een poging de liusteraar te overtuigen van iets waar hij helemaal niet van overtuigd hoeft te worden, namelijk dat Dana Zemtsov een hele goede speler is. (…)


(…) Haar muzikale interpretatie is overtuigend met heldere expressie waarmee ze de altviool laat ronken in de laagte en schitteren in de hoogte. (…) een excellent exposée (…)

Het Parool 4 out of 5

(…) De altviool komt op deze cd prachtig tot klinken. (…) Dana Zemtsov is begin twintig en staat nog maar aan het begin van haar carrière. Op deze debuutcd klinkt ze als een volbloed musicienne met ervaring. (…)

SA-CD.net 5 out of 5

(…) the colour and range of expression that she elicits from her instrument is astonishing. (…) het warm and expressive cantilena is beautifully conveyed by the recording. (…) It need hardly be said that both the production and engineering of this 5.0 DSD recording from Jared Sacks is of the highest quality. (…) a remarkable successful first solo recital. (…)


Dana Zemtsov, nu al een grande dame op de altviool (…) wie zo kan excelleren in en zich zo hoorbaar op haar gemak voelt bij een repertoire dat reikt van Kreisler naar Hindemith, van Vieuxtemps naar Stravinsky en van Bach naar Penderecki en Kugel is een groot musicienne. (..) Met de architectuur in haar vertolkingen, de fraseringen zoals zij die boetseert, de spanningsbogen die ze laat uitwaaien, haar maatvoering, streektechniek en zuivere intonatie trekt ze ons moeiteloos mee haar wonderwereld in en houdt ons vast. (…) een grote muzikale persoonlijkheid (…) Chapeua, Dana Zemtsov! Chapeau, Channel Classics!


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