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Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, January 2015

The Duo Åstrand-Salo…plays beautifully. Åstrand runs the technical obstacle course without breaking a sweat; nary an abrasive scrape of her bow or an out of tune note mars her performances, and Salo complements her with nimble finger work and solid playing at the piano. If Kuhlau is as yet a blank slate to you, this new superbly recorded Dacapo CD should make a fine start towards righting that situation. Very strongly recommended. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review

Jonathan Woolf
MusicWeb International, November 2014

The performances are stylish and deft, and appropriately modest where need be. They’ve been well recorded. Altogether this is a good start to the series. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

David Fanning
Gramophone, November 2014

The playing on the new Dacapo disc is admirably clean, flexible and responsive, both to the music and between the two players. © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Stuart Sillitoe
MusicWeb International, September 2014

The playing throughout is first rate. Christina Åstrand and Per Salo certainly have the measure of this attractive music, with their performance being well captured. Good booklet notes add to ones enjoyment of this attractive and interesting music. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, August 2014

Danish music was so threadbare in the early 19th century that today they readily embrace the young German-born Friedrich Kuhlau as one of their great composers. Dated from the 1820s, all are shaped in three movements and stylistically owe a great deal to Schubert and Beethoven, and it is probably that fact which left them overshadowed and soon forgotten. That is sad, as they are most pleasing, with the three in opus 76 being well within the scope of amateur musicians. Like Beethoven’s sonatas they are duos with an equally demanding part for piano, much of the thematic content given to the keyboard, the violin’s role being decorative. Finales are happy and lightweight, the Andante slow movement of the first of op. 76 being particularly charming. There is not a great deal to test the technique of either the violinist, Christina Astrand, or the pianist, Per Salo, and the recording achieves a nice balance. © 2014 David’s Review Corner

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