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Todd Gorman
American Record Guide, September 2015

Kazunori Seo’s articulation is sparkling clean in III of the Sonata in G; his tone is pure and refined. Whether he is accompanying a sonata or a divertimento, Makoto Ueno has lots to do and executes it with clarity, sensitivity, and superb balance. …this is one of the best records I’ve heard this year. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide




Christie Grimstad
ConcertoNet.com, January 2015

Duo Kazunori Seo and Makoto Ueno tackle the complexities of Moscheles’ music with understated expression sans over embellishment. The Divertimento à la savoyarde in A major opens the CD with a rounded feel of politesse douce despite its gradient paces and rhythms. Kazunori Seo’s roulades are impeccable.

Kazunori Seo and Makoto Ueno excel in wonderful fashion. © 2015 ConcertoNet.com Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, December 2014

Today only known for his piano compositions, Ignaz Moscheles, enjoyed a major career as a famous concert pianist, and was a well known conductor and a teacher. Though born in Prague in 1794, he lived his early mature years in Vienna before moving to London where he enjoyed enormous success. Among his compositions were a number of works for piano and flute—in that order—the keyboard given most of the thematic material, with the flute participation often an adornment. It certainly works to produce scores of charm that have a healthy degree of technical brilliance for both participants. In terms of length and substance, the Grande Sonate concertante from 1818 is the disc’s most important score, its content more pleasing than profound. Mendelssohn rather than Beethoven would be a ready guide, with a hint of elfin quality in the opening movement; a dancing scherzo, and a bubbling final Rondo in the form of a polka. Elsewhere the sale of sheet music for use in domestic music-making would appear to have been Moscheles motivation, though the mercurial finale to the Sonate concertante would tax the pianist. The flautist, Kazunori Seo, and pianist, Makoto Ueno, are obviously enjoying themselves. © 2014 David’s Review Corner





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