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Lynn René Bayley
Fanfare, January 2015

…Léon reveals herself as a remarkable artist who simply uses the violin to communicate the feelings of the music. She is simply a remarkable talent. Overall, this is a gem of a disc. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Julian Haylock
The Strad, October 2014

León brings its hurtling juxtapositions to life with unabashed flair and passion, creating a compelling sense of give-and-take…played with infectious aplomb © 2014 The Strad Read complete review



Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, June 2014

All the music has great vibrancy, brought forward admirably by violinist Eva León, pianist José Ramos Santana and celloist Sibylle Johner.

This is a fascinating look at Montsalvatge “unplugged” as it were, expressing musically his unique mind in intimate terms. It is music well-constructed and often quite compelling, with brilliance and boldness.

Highly recommended. © 2014 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, June 2014

One of the leading figures in 20th century Spanish music, Xavier Montsalvatge’s works for violin and piano are contained on this disc coupled with the Piano Trio. Born in 1912 he was to pass through so many phases and influences in his long creative life, you are never quite sure which Montsalvatge you are going to get, but you can rest content that in the Parafrasis Concertante you will have a taste of most of them. The Lullaby you would play to your favourite child, and a seductive little Spanish Sketch leads to a work from late in his life, the very likeable Tres Policromias. There is very little of Giles Farnaby in Variaciones sobre un tema, but a great deal of French influence in the four variations. Music unknown to me, but here played with that assured approach it needs, the violinist, Eva Leon, producing the wide spectrum of sounds required, while the recording balance gives ample presence to Jose Ramos Santana’s piano. © 2014 David’s Review Corner





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