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Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, January 2015

…Ludwig plays with beguiling warmth and sweetness of tone and with technical mastery that makes these pieces sound easy. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Elaine Fine
American Record Guide, November 2014

Michael Ludwig is an excellent violinist. He gives a wonderful freedom to the lyrical pieces, often venturing slightly ahead or behind D’Amato’s very steady pulse, which offers a kind of suspense that creates and controls points of resolution. It allows for a personal interpretation that remains tasteful and stays true to the spirit of the music. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Steve Arloff
MusicWeb International, October 2014

Both musicians here…deliver committed performances of some really lovely tunefully melodic music of great charm. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Terry Robbins
The WholeNote, September 2014

Michael Ludwig’s big, rich tone is perfectly suited to the style and nature of Achron’s music, deeply influenced as it was by Jewish folklore and melodies, and he and d’Amato give performances that are idiomatic and technically stunning. © 2014 The WholeNote Read complete review



Tim Homfray
The Strad, September 2014

Michael Ludwig opens with Joseph Achron’s best-known work, his Hebrew Melody of 1911…[Ludwig’s] playing is passionate and strong, with emotional intensity and a rich vibrato.

Ludwig has persuasive lyrical gifts, and Achron’s many extended melodies are beautifully, mellifluously played. The recording is close-in with some ambient warmth. © 2014 The Strad Read complete review



Infodad.com, August 2014

A new Naxos compendium of short violin-and-piano works by Joseph Achron not only showcases [his] Russian roots but also shows the ways in which he tried for many years to make Jewish elements his harmonic and contrapuntal focus. The works here are presented in somewhat helter-skelter fashion—they are neither chronological nor sequenced by form or mood…Achron has his own way of handling the material, sometimes emphasizing folklike roots, at others focusing on danceable elements, at still others—as in Hebrew Melody—opting for intensity and drama. The works are evocative of many moods and of a specific time and culture. © 2014 Infodad.com Read complete review




Jeff Simon
The Buffalo News, July 2014

Ludwig is superb playing Achron’s “Hebrew Melody” from 1911, “Hebrew Dance” from 1912, “Hebrew Lullaby” from 1912 and “Dance Improvisation on a Hebrew Folk Theme” from 1914.

…[Achron] has been revived recently is evinced by the vibrant performances of his music by Ludwig and pianist Alison d’Amato. If there’s more robustness of tone preferable in some of this music, it’s probably nothing that couldn’t be solved by Ludwig being able to play the exceptional instrument he deserves. © 2014 The Buffalo News Read complete review





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