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Joseph Magil
American Record Guide, November 2014

Reto Kuppel shows that he is technically very well equipped and very musical. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Robert Maxham
Fanfare, November 2014

…Reto Kuppel…brings these pieces to a life arguably even more vibrant than they perhaps deserve…[he] provides listeners with more than an hour of listening that is both entertaining and rewarding. Urgently recommended. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review



John Whitmore
MusicWeb International, July 2014

If Ferdinand David rocks your boat then I can’t imagine better performances than the ones on this Naxos disc.

Everything is played with taste and refinement. Tuning and tone are immaculate.

The playing demands to be heard. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, June 2014

Ferdinand David was a highly gifted violinist working in the first half of the 19th century, and, as a prolific composer, his output included five violin concertos. In describing the technical perfection of the performance from the German violinist, Reto Kuppel, I am mindful of the fact that just fifty-five minutes of music was spread over three recording days. Still you only have to go as far as the opening track or the final Vivacissimo to appreciate that no amount of editing could create the speed and overcome the immense difficulties he pushes aside. So sit back and be amazed. From a pure musical enjoyment factor, these are also melodically engaging pieces, David showing in the Caprices he had a ready supply of thematic material. They are just as difficult as the Studies, and demand superb left hand agility, while the bow was flying across strings in the most elaborate passagework. Violinists will readily appreciate the difficulty of double-stopping in thirds, fourths, fifths, unison and octaves in rapid succession in the fourth Caprice, but it is here achieved with such aplomb. Recorded with a very close microphone accentuates the action of the bow on strings, but it is the favoured sound nowadays. © 2014 David’s Review Corner





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