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David W Moore
American Record Guide, September 2013

The performers are, without exception, fine players and interpret the continually changing styles of these pieces to great effect. When they join forces in the duo and trio, their contrasting origins are buried in a fine sense of playing chamber music together. This shows what a melting pot our country can be in fine music. © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

David Denton
David's Review Corner, April 2013

Born in Germany, Samuel Adler at eighty-five is one of the father figures of American composers, though you may well know him principally as a conductor. He has a massive pedigree with Copland, Hindemith and Piston among his composition mentors, and Koussevitzky responsible for starting his conducting career. Still active as a composer has recently completed the twenty-first of his series of Cantos begun in 1970. Each written for a solo performer, they now cover just about every instrument known to him. This present disc claims to contain all the Cantos for strings…Opening the disc with the Third for violin, it sets the scene for works that are designed to stretch the virtuosity of the performer. In style they belong to the Shostakovich era, and in particular the Tenth for Cello and the Sixteenth for viola, both of which come close in content to the Russian composer. The brilliant violinist, David Fulmer, and cellist, Amir Elden, combine in three Close Encounters, written in the same mood, with the viola of Randolph Kelly joining the duo for Five Snapshots. It moves easily between conventional tonality and a modern version of that terminology, and looks forward to the music of the 21st century. Maybe the performer’s names are not well-known internationally, but the playing is excellent, while double-bass aficionados will hear Kurt Mukori playing his Nicolo Amati from around 1665, and once owned by the legendary Domenico Dragonetti—and what a fantastic sound it makes! A release that has given me tremendous pleasure, and with Adler as the disc’s producer, we can take the interpretations as definitive. © David’s Review Corner

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