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Elaine Fine
American Record Guide, September 2012

After hearing Stravinsky’s orchestral music reinterpreted in the language of the violin and piano, it is quite eye opening…to hear his 1932 Duo Concertant, a piece he wrote explicitly for violin and piano. These musicians (Caroll Huebl and Mark Wait) play exquisitely. Everything is clean, clear, and brilliant, as recordings of Stravinsky’s music should be. © 2012 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide online



Robert Maxham
Fanfare, September 2012

Violinist Carolyn Huebl and pianist Mark Wait have chosen for their program of works for violin and piano by Igor Stravinsky two arrangements by violinist Samuel Dushkin…and an original work, the Duo Concertant, which Stravinsky wrote specifically for their partnership. Dushkin’s arrangement, perhaps more popular than the original one made by the composer for Paul Kochánski, makes a sparkling impression in Huebl’s and Wait’s reading, with their accents sharp and engagingly rhythmic in the Introduzione, and their general buoyancy in the Tarantella (but also in more lyrical movements like the second movement, Serenata). Huebl draws from her instrument a tone that…serves as an effective vehicle for her incisive manner…Perhaps the duo’s reading of the Scherzino plays a role in creating the sparkling impression.

The Divertimento’s first movement allows Huebl to dig deeply into the G string of her instrument…it’s…powerfully commanding…The duo mixes bracing rhythmic vitality with elegant gesture in the “Danse Suisse”; Huebl folds in a winning timbral purity and rhythmic ingenuity in the Pas de deux.

Although there’s been no shortage of recordings of this repertoire…Huebl’s with Wait, genial and acute by turns, deserves a warm recommendation, especially in view of its clear and clean recorded sound, which mimics similar qualities in the performances themselves. © 2012 Fanfare






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