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Penguin Guide, January 2009

Two of these Sonatas date from Mendelssohn’s early years, but are attractively crafted. The mature work is notable for its brilliant vivace finale in which the Nomos Duo (Nicholas Milton and Nina-Margret Grimsdöttir) really let rip. Some may feel that a little more poise here would have been welcome, but that is the only reservation. They are a fine team and make a good case for the earliest work (more of a Sonatina), especially the closing moto perpetuo Presto, which is neatly paced. The shorter pieces come from a book of exercises but are rather pleasing miniatures. Excellent recording in a friendly acoustic.

Joseph Magil
American Record Guide, February 2002

"I cannot imagine how these performances could be bettered."

Rémy Franck
Pizzicato, January 2002

"The Australian-Icelandic Nomos Duo ... plays Mendelssohn's three Violin Sonatas as well as a series of shorter pieces in properly fresh and powerful interpretations..."

("Good, but with reservations")

Stephen Johnson
BBC Music Magazine, January 2002

"These generous, intelligent performances show them to advantage. Good recordings too, helping the violin a little, but giving a reasonably realistic sound-picture."

John Quinn
MusicWeb International, October 2001

The Nomos Duo comprises an Australian violinist and an Icelandic pianist. Though both make music with other ensembles, they have been playing together since 1993 and, on the evidence of this disc have forged a most successful partnership.

Of the three sonatas recorded here only one was allotted an opus number by Mendelssohn. Indeed, the later F Major sonata was not published until 1953 when Yehudi Menuhin rescued it from obscurity. Quite why the piece should have been withheld is unclear for it is a sparkling creation. The author of the notes suggests that it prefigures the E Minor Violin Concerto: it reminded me also of the effervescent Octet

The Sonata, Op.4 is less light-hearted (it is, after all written in the minor) but it too is an attractive and fresh piece and it receives a committed performance here. So does the earliest of the sonatas, the F Major of 1820 although I must say I found the material here less interesting by comparison with the other two sonatas. The subject of the Presto finale is uncannily similar to the corresponding movement of the later F Major sonata...

The performances by the Nomos Duo are lively and enjoyable. ...the sonatas certainly will be of interest to lovers of [Mendelssohn's] music who need have no reservations about the performances offered here.

Robert Moon, October 2001

"An inventive disc of significant but little known works of a romantic master."

Duncan Druce

"The performances of these early pieces have a suitably light touch, the two instruments beautifully integrated in rhythm and sound quality. ...certainly a place to begin exploring some less well-known Mendelssohn."

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