The performances by Rummel and Krugger are quite beautiful…One should…admire Merk’s adept writing for the instrument; cellists will want to have this album… © 2013 Nineteenth-Century Music Review Read complete review
…attractive program of lovely and often familiar tunes arranged for cello and piano with polish and imagination.
Rummel and Kruger play this program with warmth and taste, clearly enjoying the idiom and putting forth an unstated but tempting concept to present Rummel as the latest candidate for most distinguished Viennese cellist of today. And perhaps he is. This is a fine virtuoso cello program of light, attractive music played to a turn. © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide
Turn the clock back to the early 19th century, and you will find the name of Joseph Merk, an outstanding cellist, teacher and sometimes composer. Now, apart from the cello fraternity, his name is forgotten, this disc being my introduction to his music. The major work is the series of operatic paraphrases under the title Fleurs d’Italie, each one as a showpiece of technical virtuosity that would have held audiences in awe as they listened to their favourite operatic arias decorated in the most outlandish show of pyrotechnics…Merk played in the orchestra in Vienna when the operas were first performed there, but only Lucia di Lammermoor was to retain its popularity, and here you will recognise some of the well-known arias. Yet at the time they were so popular that Merk later added a fifth section using Verdi’s Ernani as the subject. Lasting almost an hour, it is here coupled with two showpieces of encore length. The problem facing the soloist is one of making everything sound so easy as to allow a freedom of expression that the true virtuoso can explore. It proves an unenviable task for the German-born duo of Martin Rummel’s cello and the piano of Roland Kruger in a well-balanced Austrian recording. © 2013 David’s Review Corner