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Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, September 2017

These are alternately highly demanding, then highly lyrical rhapsodic works, owing as much or more to the tradition of a Paganini as to a Bach. They are in all 24 keys, Nazrin Rashidova tackles them with heroic passion and exactitude, with a beautiful tone and satisfying idiomatic flare.

Ms. Rashidova brings us a ravishing interpretation for a most enjoyable program. Recommended. © 2017 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review

Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, September 2017

Clearly, [Rashidova’s] technical facility, professional polish, and musical poise in executing these highly demanding works are never in question… © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review

Rob Barnett
MusicWeb International, August 2017

Naxos will carry through the recording of all of Sauret’s Études-Caprices across several volumes of which this is the first. Their violinist is the most impressive Nazrin Rashidova. She is recorded in a vibrant acoustic with a middlingly forward balance. In this setting you catch the full range of the music and the playing in an impact that is grippingly vivid. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, June 2017

In my yesteryears, Émile Sauret’s pleasing melodies would appear in books of violin music given to encourage young students to learn the basic techniques required. He belonged to the group of globe-trotting virtuoso violinists who toured extensively on both sides of the Atlantic having been born in France in 1852 where he soon became known as a child prodigy. Many regarded him as the natural successor to Paganini, and contemporary reports would talk of his amazing dexterity with both hands. Between those years spent ‘on the road’, he taught in major conservatories, while at the same time composing works, most of which featured the violin. Among his major achievements was an extended group of 24 Etudes-Caprices in every key, of which this disc offers the first seven. In content they are aimed at the advanced student to perfect their technique in the various tricks of the trade. As such, these admirable performances from the Azerbaijani-born British violinist, Nazrin Rashidova, will prove an invaluable guide. They should, for a start, teach that it is not just a question of accurate crossing of strings, spiccato bowing, tight trills, double-stopping or the many other techniques tested, but the need to perform these while retaining immaculate intonation. To those outside the world of violinists, the lack of memorable melodic invention, and a wide range of tempos, will make the works of questionable interest, though Rashidova’s beautiful playing should not be missed. Immaculate recorded sound. © 2017 David’s Review Corner

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