, 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