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David W Moore
American Record Guide, November 2016

Eichhorn and Hülshoff are quite remarkable players. They seem to enjoy what they are doing, and they do it well. The music is showy rather than serious, but they put it across with such vim and vigor that one follows it with interest. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Uwe Krusch
Pizzicato, September 2016

Composers and musicians François Schubert and Frédéric Kummer did not only play but also composed together. The duos based on opera or folk tunes are highly entertaining. The Duo Eichhorn and Hülshoff is performing playfully and with exquisite craftsmanship. © 2016 Pizzicato

David Denton
David's Review Corner, July 2016

François Schubert and Frédéric Kummer were the principle violin and cello of the Dresden Orchestra in the mid-part of the 19th century and partners in a famous duo. Both were accomplished composers who worked individually and together in creating a series of works whose fiendish difficulties would titillate their recital audiences, the present disc featuring three of those works. All use existing melodies, mostly from famous operas of the time, onto which they have grafted just about every trick of the trade known at the time, harmonics abounding, and flying spiccato sends left-hand fingers dancing around the instruments. Both composers came from Germany, François Schubert (who real first names were Franz Anton) being no relation to the famous Viennese Schubert, and both were brought up in Dresden as part of well-known musical families. Kummer, having started life as an orchestral oboist, was to become the famous pedagogue of a new generation of cellists. The performers on the disc, Friedemann Eichhorn and Alexander Hülshoff are also German by birth and have enjoyed careers as soloists on the international concert circuit. They, like the composers, have also been much involved in chamber music, and here produce the most incredible feats that will both amuse and delight you. Above all, while they are faced with such difficulties, their intonation remains impeccable. The sound engineer from Bavarian Radio has created a very pleasing and well balanced sound, and I fervently commend it to you as one of the best discs I have ever heard in the virtuoso genre. © 2016 David’s Review Corner

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