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Joseph Magil
American Record Guide, March 2014

These are the finest readings of these sonatas that I have heard aside from the recordings that Enescu himself made…the advantage that these recordings have over those is high fidelity and brilliantly clear digital sound. Axel Strauss and Ilya Poletaev are also excellent instrumentalists, so this would be a fine acquisition for anyone interested in this music.

Very good sound… © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Lynn René Bayley
Fanfare, January 2014

While listening, I was continually astonished by the ability of both violinist Strauss and pianist Poletaev to enter fully into the spirit of this music, becoming carried away by its emotions and eventual exuberance. Bravo!

This is good stuff for Enescu lovers! © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review



Guy Rickards
Gramophone, November 2013

…Enescu’s Third…has been recorded many times and with its combination of fearsome technical challenge, exotic Eastern European accent and perfect proportions it is not hard to hear why. Strauss and Poletaev prove formidable exponents of its many charms…

Naxos’s sound is clear… © 2013 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Julian Haylock
The Strad, October 2013

Axel Strauss…and Ilya Poletaev…play this music with an emotional thrust and exultant cantabile that are highly compelling. The recording is well balanced and physically imposing. © 2013 The Strad Read complete review



Stephen Smoliar
Examiner.com, September 2013

The highlight of the recording is definitely Opus 25. It is a vibrant piece in which Enescu manages to capture the Romanian folk spirit through what, in our own context, might be called jamming. Observing the interplay between violin and piano thus became a significant element of the performance, but the spirit of that interplay definitely comes through in this new recording. It is well paired with the “torso” movement, which is also episodic and exploratory, but in a more abstract setting.

The…recording…offers an informative balance of both early and mature Enescu that reveals a major aspect of emerging modernism in the early twentieth century. © 2013 Examiner.com Read complete review





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