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David Hurwitz, May 2015

Violinist Carlos Damas seems more at home in the Second Sonata than in the romantic effusions of the first…but otherwise his performances are aptly gutsy and passionate, and Anna Tomasik accompanies with equal verve. An enjoyable release…of music that would grace any concert program. Very well engineered too. © 2015 Read complete review

Bob McQuiston
Classical Lost and Found, November 2011

Francophile romantics won’t want to be without the two sonatas and prelude for violin and piano included here. These are the only recordings of them available as of this writing.

Mr. Damas playing is both sensitive and enthusiastic…Ms. Tomasik holds everything together with her technically accomplished, confident accompaniment. Read complete review

Rob Barnett
MusicWeb International, November 2011

Damas plays with touchingly vulnerable sensitivity. Tomasik is in total sympathy with him. The balance between the two is pretty much equal. Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, October 2011

Having surveyed the orchestral music of Luis de Freitas Branco, Naxos now turn to his modest catalogue of chamber music. Born into a wealthy Lisbon family in 1890, he enjoyed a privileged musical education in Berlin and Paris. It was the French metropolis that was the major influence, though he had already fallen under the spell of Cesar Franck, having been introduced to his music by his mentor in Lisbon. Indeed his First Sonata, composed when he was seventeen, is directly derived from Franck’s well-known violin sonata, its long flowing melodies redolent of that score. It is nonetheless a most attractive score with a vibrant and joyful finale. It was to be thirty-one years, by which time he had passed through one world war, before he returned to the genre. While it now carries a new world modernity in its harmonic language, it has hardly changed in mood, the final allegro a vivacious conclusion. To complete the disc we hear the influence of Chausson in the Prelude for violin and piano. With a large and wide vibrato, the Portuguese violinist, Carlos Damas plays with all the passion required, his technique equal to the many demands though not always ideal in dynamic shading. The Polish pianist, Anna Tomasik, is a forceful and ever responsive partner. Added reverberation is wrapped around the violin as if playing in a different acoustic to the piano, though don’t let that dissuade you sampling such pleasing and rewarding scores.

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