CD REVIEW: EASTERN WIND (Orchid Classics)
with Maria Belooussova, piano
"Rachmaninoff's melodramatic and passionate Sonata [G minor, op. 19] needs no introduction, and the artists here revel in the brooding opening, the gloriously honeyed Andante and the fiery concluding Allegro ... Maja Bogdanovic brings eloquence and fervour to the flowing melodies in the opening Allegro. The warm recording ensures that this is the stand-out item here."
"The [Serbian] cellist Maja Bogdanovic is such a silent force that never reaches the headlines of the classic news, but in the meantime just plays the stars of heaven ... Rachmaninoff's Sonata, which is not for nothing counts as one of the most important early twentieth-century cotto brands, remains the center of gravity of the CD. Bogdanovic and Belooussova give the composer the full pound, both nicely melancholic and utterly exuberant."
SURREY MOZART PLAYERS
"Tchaikovsky's Pezzo Capriccioso is a tour de force for the soloist [Maja Bogdanovic] who scarcely stops playing very rapid passage work throughout, and it was brilliantly executed."
THEATRE ARTS REVIEW
WEILL RECITAL HALL
"She [Maja Bogdanovic] displayed an immediately distinctive sound, sensuous and expressive but never lush, which was announced at the outset in Beethoven's Bei Männern Variations, rarely delivered with the communicative urgency and poised phrasing of this account, which made one pleased to sit up and take notice."
SYDENHAM INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
"The young Serbian cellist Maja Bogdanovic gave an absolutely breathtaking account of Shostakovich's First Concerto, literally from first bar to last ... she is a player in the highest class."
WEILL RECITAL HALL
"Cellist Maja Bogdanovic is the real thing: a true, soulful artist with a brazenly expressive sound who has a lot to show off, but who is never pretentious ... Sweet, swaying melodic lines brought Ms. Bogdanovic's lovely tone to the fore—a penetrating sound that resonates expressively in the ear." [Janacek Polhadka]
NEW YORK CONCERT REVIEW