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Infodad.com, February 2016

Von Bennigsen and Biret have clearly thought through all the elements of the work, and they deliver a fully convincing reading as a result. …The skill of these performers is such that this movement makes full emotional sense in their reading—it never quite becomes a capstone for the work, but it seems to follow more logically and with a greater sense of rightness than it usually does. These sonatas show off Biret’s skill in chamber music to a very fine degree, and show how fortunate she is to have a partner such as von Bennigsen in music that requires such close collaborative effort. © 2016 Infodad.com Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, January 2016

Forty years ago two of Europe’s most outstanding musicians, the cellist, Roderic Von Bennigsen, and the pianist, Idil Biret, forming a critically acclaimed recital duo. Now they recall those years in a recording of the two Brahms Cello Sonatas made just over a year ago. He was a pupil of André Navarra and enjoyed, together with Biret, the guiding hand of Nadia Boulanger, before he created a busy musical career that has taken him around the world both as a cellist and conductor, a life marked by the award of the United Nations Medal of Honour for Cultural Activities. From the quiet opening bars of the First Sonata, these are performances imbued with love and affection, and played with a quality you would imagine taking place one afternoon spent at home in their music room. This is a very different world to the outgoing approach from Mstislav Rostropovich in his larger than life personality that captured the two sonatas on a disc in our yesteryears. Indeed you could describe these readings as being a very French view of Brahms, that has elegance and a refinement I loved when first hearing Pierre Fournier’s 1950’s recording. For Biret’s part, she is more than happy in providing an accompanying role that never rushes her partner through challenging passages, but she joins his artistically cultivated approach. The recording achieves a realistic recital room balance, and you have the feel of unedited performances. © 2016 David’s Review Corner





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