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Joanne Talbot
The Strad, December 2013

…the performances from Martin Rummel are fervently drawn and especially brilliant… © 2013 The Strad

Daniel Morrison
Fanfare, July 2013

…[in] the 10 Duets for Two Cellos…The performances by Rummel and Hülshoff are vigorous and intense…

…[in] the 12 Album Leaves for Cello and Piano…The performance by Rummel and Körber is fluent and accomplished.

The sound of this Naxos release is very bright and vivid…As always, Naxos is to be praised for its continuing exploration of unfamiliar repertoire…for those who…have that interest [in investigating the byways of Russian chamber music], it is a recording well worth acquiring. © 2013 Fanfare Read complete review

WRUV Reviews, February 2013

Highly lyrical works for cello, duet or with piano. Play most! © 2013 WRUV Reviews

The Classical Reviewer, January 2013

It must be said that none of these works plumbs the depths of emotion but that is no reason why this music, some of it very attractive, should not provide enjoyment.

The Eight Duets for Violin and Cello Op.39 are played alternately by the cellists Martin Rummel and Alexander Hülshoff with the violinist Friedemann Eichhorn.

All three performers certainly give these pieces plenty of verve and enthusiasm, making the best of what is probably not one of Glière’s finest pieces.

The short Ballade for Cello and Piano Op. 4 borders on being a salon piece, such is its overall feel. Here it receives an enthusiastic performance from Martin Rummel and Till Alexander Körber that makes the most of its more animated passages.

Finally on this disc are the Twelve Album Leaves for Cello and Piano Op.51 played by Martin Rummel (cello) and Till Alexander Körber (piano). These pieces really sing, having the character of songs without words.

Both pianist and cellist play wonderfully in what, for me, is the most attractive work on this disc. © The Classical Reviewer Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, January 2013

Born in 1875, Reinhold Gliere was still writing in the mode of the late Romantics deep into the 20th century. That his style was welcomed by the regimes through which he lived, he equally seems have been happy working in a time-warp, yet he was a mentor for both Prokofiev and Myaskovsky. His catalogue includes works in most genres, including a significant opera output, though it will be his symphonies and ballets by which his name will go into posterity. He does seem to have a particular ear for the cello, his Cello Concerto—strange though it may seem—being the first important concerto for the instrument by a Russian composer. Forget the date of composition, and sit back and enjoy works full of luscious melody in a post-Tchaikovsky style, his duets for violin and cello highly effective in dialogues that ignore the usual cliche of heavily contrasting sounds. Short in length, but the most instantly appealing, is the Ballade for cello and piano, a work from 1902 waiting to be discovered as a perfect recital encore. Two cellos in the Ten Duets encourages him to look at the soulful aspect of Russian music, while the last work on the disc, the Twelve Album Leaves, looks towards the music of Rachmaninov, each of the pieces quite short in length but nicely contrasted in tempo. That work is where we find Martin Rummel, with his heavy use of vibrato, at his most persuasive. Elsewhere he has enjoyed the excellent partnership with the outstanding violinist, Friedemann Eichhorn; Alexander Hülshoff is on hand for the cello duets, and the perfectly weighted piano of Till Alexander Körber is a major asset. Very good sound. © 2013 David’s Review Corner

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