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David W Moore
American Record Guide, September 2016

Both are fine listening, particularly if you like music in the imaginative classical style of early Beethoven.

The performers here are perhaps not as perfectly matched in musical style as some, but they are obviously enjoying themselves and I enjoyed them, too. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Jerobear
Review Corner, May 2016

…pleasant and cultured chamber music and the violin of John Mills and cello of Bozidar Vukotic go together well (they’re 50% of the Tippett Quartet so are used to playing together). It’s pleasant and refined background or night-time music. © 2016 Review Corner Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, April 2016

Though extremely prolific as a composer in almost every genre, Franz Anton Hoffmeister spent the larger part of his life in music publishing businesses. Maybe it was a case of ‘too many interests and master of none’, for while we can look upon his works—which included some fifty symphonies—as a well-schooled craftsman at work, his music is conspicuous by its lack of memorable thematic material. He was, nevertheless, always commercially aware of the marketplace for sheet music, and wrote a large catalogue to entice talented amateur musicians to play for their own pleasure, and was usually for two players. Of those works a series of three duets for violin and cello, written around 1788, do stand out as a ‘cut above the rest’, the melodic invention always pleasing and in a style owing much to Mozart, one of the many distinguished composers whose works Hoffmeister published. Technically they are not particularly demanding, particularly if you take the Allegros at a speed a little slower than those used here by two members of the famous Tippett Quartet. Whether the Duos for Clarinet and Bassoon were really by Beethoven is open to speculation, and we now move even further away from possible authenticity with Friedrich Hermann’s arrangement for violin and cello. As with Hoffmeister they are three in number, and are similarly pleasing and a gift to home music-making, and, indeed, sound very much like Hoffmeister until we reach the ever inventive variations that bring the work to an end. There are passing moments where I feel uneasy with the intonation, but the interplay between instruments is perfectly judged and it is captured in excellent sound. © 2016 David’s Review Corner





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