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Philip Buttall
MusicWeb International, December 2016

Some very attractive music from an accomplished composer, and impeccably performed by a father-and-daughter duo. The CD was, in fact, recorded just six months before the father’s passing, and there does strangely seem a particularly profound bond between them here. © 2016 MusicWeb International

Phil Muse
Audio Video Club of Atlanta, November 2016

This remarkable recital by the father and daughter duo of Marian and Liv Migdal, piano and violin respectively, helps put the music of Polish composer Józef Wieniawski (1837–1912) in its proper perspective.

A real heart-stopper, …proclaiming the beauty and the happiness of life. © 2016 Audio Video Club of Atlanta Read complete review

Guy Engels
Pizzicato, June 2016

Let’s welcome this CD which gives the listener the opportunity to explore some works by Józef Wieniawski, the brother of the better known Henrik. The performances are vivid and expressive © 2016 Pizzicato Read complete review

Robert Maxham
Fanfare, May 2016

Liv Migdal and Marian Migdal’s performances, urgently communicative, sumptuous tonally, vibrantly recorded, and stunningly virtuosic, deserve a much stronger recommendation to general audiences, though they will still perhaps appeal primarily to violin aficionados. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review

Philip R Buttall
MusicWeb International, January 2016

The recording is exemplary and the performance absolutely first rate. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, November 2015

Józef enjoyed a career as a concert pianist, composer and teacher, but today he is known only as the gifted brother of the great Polish violinist, Henryk Wieniawski. In the world of education he was highly influential during his thirty-four years at the Brussels Conservatory, having already spent time teaching at the newly created Moscow Conservatory. It was while he was in Russia that in 1866 he composed his four movement Violin Sonata, a score that clocks-in at around forty minutes, the outer movements substantial and weighty Allegros. Its central movements are a contrasting Andante religioso and a bright and happy scherzo, Jozef’s problem being the familiar one of finding themes that quickly lodge in your memory. Turn the clock back and the brothers toured extensively around Europe together, and had combined in composing the Allegro de sonate, when they were thirteen and eleven respectively, the Grand Duo completed five years later in 1853. They were both very mature works, and rather ironically they both contain ‘catchy’ tunes, their ability as performers showing in the demands they placed on both instruments, the opening of the Allegro de sonate being a violin cadenza of some difficulty. The Grand Duo is a ‘salon’ work where the brothers made use of melodies by the famous Polish composer, StanisÅ‚aw Moniuszko. The performances come from the Polish-born pianist, Marian Migdal and his daughter, Liv Migdal, the winner of the 2005 International Hindemith Competition held in Berlin. Sadly we note that Marian passed away earlier this year. © 2015 David’s Review Corner

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