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David Hurwitz
ClassicsToday.com, January 2015

Emmanuel’s music runs the gamut from the disarming simplicity at the start of No. 1 to the gorgeous lyricism of No. 2, to the experimental harmonies of the Hindu modes in No. 5. All the while there’s a firmness to the rhythm, a pungency to the harmony, a leanness of sonority, and a clarity and brevity that’s very much the composer’s own. There’s not a note out of place anywhere, and pianist Laurent Wagschal understand this distinctive idiom and projects it with unaffected ease.

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Scott Noriega
Fanfare, May 2013

The pianist Laurent Wagschal…makes a very fine guide to these rather difficult works. Indeed the term sonatina does no justice to even the technical difficulties which the pianist must eventually overcome and master. His fingerwork throughout is pristine, the varying rhythms tightly controlled and his tonal shadings beautifully achieved…If you don’t know this music run out and grab it before it’s gone! Emmanuel’s music will be one of the most pleasant surprises of your year. © 2013 Fanfare Read complete review



John David Moore
American Record Guide, March 2013

…six sonatinas performed deftly and convincingly by Laurent Wagschal. The term “sonatina” is misleading, since they are full-scale works of great difficulty and complexity. They are also filled with a playful and joyous spirit…

This is fascinating and rewarding music, and together with excerpts from some chamber works on the DVD, makes a compelling case for hearing more of this composer. © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide





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