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David R. Dunsmore
MusicWeb International, April 2015

This disc has been an eye-opener in terms of how much pleasure I have obtained from it; the sound quality likewise. Whilst I expected to hear music of quality I did not anticipate the intensity and personality that comes from these works. This…recital will help introduce Hindemith to listeners hitherto unaware of this high-class music. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Lucy Jeffery
MusicWeb International, May 2014

Hindemith’s Three Pieces for Cello and Piano, Op 8 is a remarkable work…because it manages to delve into the innermost dwellings of the heart whilst remaining free from the ooze of excessive, gushing sentimentality. Hurtaud’s entrancing imagination helps realise the depth and dexterity of this piece.

A frog he went a-courting—Variations on an Old English Nursery Song is an obscure piece which skips and carouses. This punchy number is played with real personality. Unflagging energy and apt impetuosity render this popular song inquisitive and somewhat rhetorical, but not in a stuffy or humdrum way. Fervour and vitality impart a delightfully childish spirit to this piece.

Hurtaud gives Hindemith’s Sonata for Cello, Op 25, No 3 a dark and introverted feel. Hurtaud performs with maturity and intelligence, conveying the oppressed emotions which both cause friction and glimpse frivolity.

Together…for the Sonata for Cello and Piano…Hurtaud and Hurtado demonstrate their instinctive inner ear, often seemingly sparring with each other. They empty their musical pockets as they deliver convincing and gripping performances.

…these two players deliver memorable performances which are eloquent and exacting in their adherence to and independence from Hindemith’s music. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review, January 2014

Hurtaud handles all the works with sure technical skill and a level of attachment to this music that is somewhat surprising in a young cellist. This is music worth discovering—and a cellist definitely worth hearing. © 2014 Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, December 2013

Coming as part of the commemorative releases to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Paul Hindemith, the release covers much of his career as a composer. Beginning when he was just twenty-one with the Three Pieces for Cello and Piano…Maybe not a technical showpiece, but it is enough to demonstrate the brilliance of Sebastien Hurtaud…From that easily approachable score, six years later he was to write the Solo Cello Sonata where he explores the instrument’s range of sonorities…it follows in the path of Kodaly’s work of the same title, mixing moments of taxing pyrotechnics with passages of reflective beauty. In Hurtaud it has found a natural and eloquent soloist, the Gofriller cello singing gorgeously in his hands, intonation always spotlessly clean…he is partnered by his wife, Pamela Hurtado, as a musically responsive and highly gifted partner who makes light of the challenges Hindemith poses. Good recorded sound, and very strongly recommended. © 2013 David’s Review Corner

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