Robert Schumann’s set of three Violin Sonatas are glorious works that are said to mirror the composer’s physical problems and mental torments. These works certainly deserve to be heard far more often. I have been waiting for a recommendable recording of all three violin sonatas for a while and this release fits the bill splendidly. Wallin and Pöntinen provide fresh and vibrant playing that feels completely natural and never forced. With highly impressive playing, great sound and presentation it is hard to find fault with this excellent release. © 2012 MusicWeb International
Ulf Wallin now turns his attention to the violin sonatas.
…[Wallin] captures ideally the turbulence of the First Sonata, so reminiscent of the sound world of the First Piano Trio, and the irresistible drive of the Second’s Lebhaft. The balance with the piano of Roland Pöntinen seems natural…[Wallin’s]…liberal with vibrato…Wallin and Pöntinen perform the supposedly troublesome Third Sonata with a seriousness of intent that reveals its many virtues…illuminated dramatically differently by Wallin and Pöntinen. The curious should not be displeased…lovers of this music will surely make shelf-space… © 2012 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone