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Paul Ballyk
Expedition Audio, February 2014

This music is alluring and colorful, strangely romantic, often melancholy and, well, rather difficult to describe—which makes a good segue to the introduction of the sample track from the CD where you can hear the music for yourself. It’s the opening track on the album, Avowal, a charming transcription of Godowsky’s piano piece, Poem No 2. Ms Rashidova and Mr Chadwick capture the charisma and charm of the music in performances that are technically secure, musically beguiling and stylistically, seem to be right in the idiom of each of Godowsky’s creations. In all, this is a delightful hour of extraordinary and exotic music. © 2014 Expedition Audio Read complete review



Joseph Magil
American Record Guide, November 2013

Godowsky’s music is light and enjoyable…

Azerbaijani violinist Nazrin Rashidova and Roderick Chadwick capture the moods of these pieces perfectly and are technically very adroit. © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Julian Haylock
The Strad, September 2013

This music radiates enchanted contentment and bonhomie in much the same vein as Kreisler’s own indelibly Viennese miniatures. It is an idiom that has defeated even some of the finest players, yet Azerbaijani-born Nazrin Rashidova captures its elusive, tantalising combination of insouciant cool and nostalgic intensity to perfection. © 2013 The Strad Read complete review



Jeremy Nicholas
Gramophone, September 2013

The opening Larghetto lamentoso…and the last, Wienerisch…are outstanding.

For good measure the genial partnership of Nazrin Rashidova and Roderick Chadwick include Heifetz’s arrangement of what is by far Godowsky’s most popular work, Alt Wien…and Kreisler’s transcription of Night in Tangier…

The performances are crisper, more persuasive and better recorded (Andrew Walton and Mike Clements at the Wyastone Concert Hall) than the 1989 disc of Twelve Impressions by Gottfried Schneider and Cord Garben, their only previous complete recording. © 2013 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone




James Manheim
Allmusic.com, August 2013

The program combines lightly exotic works of folk or international flavoring with watered-down Chopin. It is what used to be called potted-palm music, and it succeeds entirely on its own terms. The sound from the small Wyastone Concert Hall in Wales is superb: clear and absolutely appropriate. A pleasant hour of listening that would serve as well as background for a party today as it did in its own time. © 2013 Allmusic.com Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, June 2013

You wonder how Leopold Godowsky managed to pack so much into a life as a virtuoso touring pianist, composer and teacher, but he started his career aged nine. Somewhere buried in its midst of this hectic life was music for violin and piano, most having been derived from works originally written for piano. Such was not the case of the Twelve Impressions, composed in 1916 and lasting as long as most symphonies of the time. It was dedicated to Harriet and Fritz Kreisler, the great violinist probably having some input, as the published score contains fingering and bowing by the great violinist. Essentially salon music whose style belongs to the second half of the 19th century, and with such titles as Legende, Elegie, Valse and Orientale, they make for pleasant and uncomplicated listening. Though at times the harmonic writing does call for precise intonation, they are not technically difficult and are well within the scope of competent amateur musicians, the piano writing largely in an accompanying role. The remaining pieces are all in the same lightweight ‘encore’ mould. As a sampling point try track 6, a very beautiful Poeme that could well be used as a stand-alone work. The young Azerbaijani-born violinist, Nazrin Rashidova, who studied and now lives in the UK, has that warm and sweet-centered tone that suits the music very well. She is partnered by Roderick Chadwick, a pianist better known in contemporary works, but here plays with that seductive quality that light music requires. © David’s Review Corner






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