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“…The performances are polished and played with feeling and recorded in fine sound. If you are interested in what is going on north of the border, here is some meat for your pleasure. The idioms are expressive and you will not find these young folk boring.”

“…The performances are polished and played with feeling and recorded in fine sound. If you are interested in what is going on north of the border, here is some meat for your pleasure. The idioms are expressive and you will not find these young folk boring.”

David W Moore – American Record Guide – March 2016

“ …four immediately attractive commissions…easy on the ear, played with highly euphonious style and virtuosity.”

“ …four immediately attractive commissions…easy on the ear, played with highly euphonious style and virtuosity.”

Laurence Vittes – Gramophone magazine – October 2015

“…These are beautiful, sensitive performances that make a strong impression even though they never raise their voices. Yablonsky gives these works the transparency of chamber music, and the Ukrainian musicians respond to the music’s tender requiems. Do you ever feel sad without being able to pinpoint the reason why? This is the musical counterpart of that experience.”

“…These are beautiful, sensitive performances that make a strong impression even though they never raise their voices. Yablonsky gives these works the transparency of chamber music, and the Ukrainian musicians respond to the music’s tender requiems. Do you ever feel sad without being able to pinpoint the reason why? This is the musical counterpart of that experience.”

Raymond S Tuttle – Fanfare – March 2018

“… Most of the music here is quiet, slow, reflective, consonant, and quite simple. I do not know if it fits the definition of minimalism. It must come close, though it avoids lapsing into two aspects of minimalism that I have heard: repetitiveness and the use of popular elements. The performances do well by the music, and the sound is fine. This program is soothing and pleasant… “

“… Most of the music here is quiet, slow, reflective, consonant, and quite simple. I do not know if it fits the definition of minimalism. It must come close, though it avoids lapsing into two aspects of minimalism that I have heard: repetitiveness and the use of popular elements. The performances do well by the music, and the sound is fine. This program is soothing and pleasant… “

Roger Hecht – American Record Guide – January 2018

“…Kiev Virtuosi play this varied Valentin Silvestrov program in carefully elaborated performances, and Yablonsky cares for a vivid and atmospheric playing.” ****

“…Kiev Virtuosi play this varied Valentin Silvestrov program in carefully elaborated performances, and Yablonsky cares for a vivid and atmospheric playing.” ****

Remy Franck – Pizzicato.lu – October 2017

“…This is a generous and for the most part very easily accessible entrée to the world of Valentin Silvestrov.”

“…This is a generous and for the most part very easily accessible entrée to the world of Valentin Silvestrov.”

Rob Barnett – MusicWeb-International.com – September 2017

Artistic Quality 9      Sound Quality 9

“Here’s a lovely disc that deserves a spot in your collection of Romantic chamber music. Georges Onslow’s Sonata in F major, Op. 16 No. 1 was originally written for cello, and it appears here in a well made transcription for viola and piano. The music, as you might expect, is tuneful and appealing—just good quality stuff for leisurely domestic consumption. It’s the lightest and least distinctive piece here, but the high level of craftsmanship isn’t in doubt.”

Artistic Quality 9      Sound Quality 9

“Here’s a lovely disc that deserves a spot in your collection of Romantic chamber music. Georges Onslow’s Sonata in F major, Op. 16 No. 1 was originally written for cello, and it appears here in a well made transcription for viola and piano. The music, as you might expect, is tuneful and appealing—just good quality stuff for leisurely domestic consumption. It’s the lightest and least distinctive piece here, but the high level of craftsmanship isn’t in doubt.”

David Hurwitz – ClassicsToday.com – September 2018

“…Togawa, a young Japanese-Australian violist based in Berlin, plays these works with all the character and affect that they deserve. In terms of technique, she knows her way around her instrument, and she has an excellent understanding of what these works are about, stylistically. Pianist Grigoryan is no less fine, particularly in Onslow’s sonata, where the music’s technical demands are managed with aplomb.”

“…Togawa, a young Japanese-Australian violist based in Berlin, plays these works with all the character and affect that they deserve. In terms of technique, she knows her way around her instrument, and she has an excellent understanding of what these works are about, stylistically. Pianist Grigoryan is no less fine, particularly in Onslow’s sonata, where the music’s technical demands are managed with aplomb.”

Raymond Tuttle – Fanfare – July 2018

“…[Togawa] plays with authoritative technical command and control, and demonstrates no lapses in intonation or bowing.”

“…[Togawa] plays with authoritative technical command and control, and demonstrates no lapses in intonation or bowing.”

Jerry Dubins – Fanfare – May 2018

“This is a terrific disc. I hope this review provides readers with the necessary encouragement to acquire it. It showcases another deeply impressive young violist doing her bit for the instrument. She also has the benefit of a sympathetic and generous accompanist and a warm, if close recording. While the Mendelssohn work is a standout, its companions here are far from makeweights.”

“This is a terrific disc. I hope this review provides readers with the necessary encouragement to acquire it. It showcases another deeply impressive young violist doing her bit for the instrument. She also has the benefit of a sympathetic and generous accompanist and a warm, if close recording. While the Mendelssohn work is a standout, its companions here are far from makeweights.”

Richard Hanlon – MusicWeb-International.com – March 2018

“Two young soloists, Australian-Japanese viola player Hiyoli Togawa and Armenian pianist Lilit Grigoryan, play three romantic pieces for viola and piano. Onslow’s Sonata, originally for cello and piano as well as Kalliwodas Six Nocturnes together with the Mendelssohn Sonata form an attractive program with sensitive and at the same time virtuoso performances.” *****

“Two young soloists, Australian-Japanese viola player Hiyoli Togawa and Armenian pianist Lilit Grigoryan, play three romantic pieces for viola and piano. Onslow’s Sonata, originally for cello and piano as well as Kalliwodas Six Nocturnes together with the Mendelssohn Sonata form an attractive program with sensitive and at the same time virtuoso performances.” *****

Uwe Krusch – Pizzicato.lu – March 2018

“…Waleczek nicely portrays the stillness of the music, providing drama where appropriate. When it does become big, he is up to the task while somehow keeping the simplicity of the earlier portions audible above the tempest… This is very much a disc that fans of Liszt, especially Liszt rarities, should check out. Waleczek’s playing is first-rate. I hope to hear more from him.”

“…Waleczek nicely portrays the stillness of the music, providing drama where appropriate. When it does become big, he is up to the task while somehow keeping the simplicity of the earlier portions audible above the tempest… This is very much a disc that fans of Liszt, especially Liszt rarities, should check out. Waleczek’s playing is first-rate. I hope to hear more from him.”

Mark S Zimmer – MusicWeb-International.com – November 2019

“…Here he [Waleczek] plays with a formidable technique and fine grasp of Liszt’s style: his dynamics, tempos and other interpretive aspects of phrasing are well-judged, leaving you with the strong impression that he fully understands Liszt’s music. I can only surmise his playing of the later versions would likely be most impressive. Naxos provides him with excellent sound reproduction.”

“…Here he [Waleczek] plays with a formidable technique and fine grasp of Liszt’s style: his dynamics, tempos and other interpretive aspects of phrasing are well-judged, leaving you with the strong impression that he fully understands Liszt’s music. I can only surmise his playing of the later versions would likely be most impressive. Naxos provides him with excellent sound reproduction.”

Robert Cummings – MusicWeb-International.com – October 2019

“With his [Waleczeck] colourful and nuanced playing the pianist knows how to form an organic whole. The transparency of the Polish pianist’s playing is also remarkable. Therefore his familiarity with the work of Franz Liszt becomes evident in every bar.” *****

“With his [Waleczeck] colourful and nuanced playing the pianist knows how to form an organic whole. The transparency of the Polish pianist’s playing is also remarkable. Therefore his familiarity with the work of Franz Liszt becomes evident in every bar.” *****

Remy Franck – Pizzicato.lu – October 2019

“…Scholars will pounce on this release… [Waleczek]’s commitment to an often fascinating and complex gestation is admirable.”

“…Scholars will pounce on this release… [Waleczek]’s commitment to an often fascinating and complex gestation is admirable.”

International Piano – October 2019

Recommended

“……Ewa Guziolek-Tubelewicz has done a splendid job here, the sound in that department firm and focused, the piano sounding well across the range. She and Waleczek are on the same page here, and it shows at every turn. That, combined with what seems to be a very congenial acoustic, helps to create a recording—and performance—of great distinction. One aspect I really appreciate is the way final notes and chords are allowed to decay in the most natural and atmospheric way. Waleczek joins that select group of pianists doing so much to revive interest in this extraordinary repertoire; as ever, top-notch sound is a considerable bonus. “

Recommended

“……Ewa Guziolek-Tubelewicz has done a splendid job here, the sound in that department firm and focused, the piano sounding well across the range. She and Waleczek are on the same page here, and it shows at every turn. That, combined with what seems to be a very congenial acoustic, helps to create a recording—and performance—of great distinction. One aspect I really appreciate is the way final notes and chords are allowed to decay in the most natural and atmospheric way. Waleczek joins that select group of pianists doing so much to revive interest in this extraordinary repertoire; as ever, top-notch sound is a considerable bonus. “

Dan Morgan – MusicWeb-International.com – September 2019

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