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David Hurwitz
ClassicsToday.com, September 2018

Here’s a lovely disc that deserves a spot in your collection of Romantic chamber music. Georges Onslow’s Sonata in F major, Op. 16 No. 1 was originally written for cello, and it appears here in a well made transcription for viola and piano. The music, as you might expect, is tuneful and appealing—just good quality stuff for leisurely domestic consumption. It’s the lightest and least distinctive piece here, but the high level of craftsmanship isn’t in doubt. © 2018 ClassicsToday.com Read complete review



Raymond Tuttle
Fanfare, July 2018

Togawa, a young Japanese-Australian violist based in Berlin, plays these works with all the character and affect that they deserve. In terms of technique, she knows her way around her instrument, and she has an excellent understanding of what these works are about, stylistically. Pianist Grigoryan is no less fine, particularly in Onslow’s sonata, where the music’s technical demands are managed with aplomb. © 2018 Fanfare Read complete review



Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, May 2018

…[Togawa] plays with authoritative technical command and control, and demonstrates no lapses in intonation or bowing. © 2018 Fanfare Read complete review



Richard Hanlon
MusicWeb International, March 2018

This is a terrific disc. I hope this review provides readers with the necessary encouragement to acquire it. It showcases another deeply impressive young violist doing her bit for the instrument. She also has the benefit of a sympathetic and generous accompanist and a warm, if close recording. While the Mendelssohn work is a standout, its companions here are far from makeweights. © 2018 MusicWeb International Read complete review




Uwe Krusch
Pizzicato, March 2018

Two young soloists, Australian-Japanese viola player Hiyoli Togawa and Armenian pianist Lilit Grigoryan, play three romantic pieces for viola and piano. Onslow’s Sonata, originally for cello and piano as well as Kalliwodas Six Nocturnes together with the Mendelssohn Sonata form an attractive program with sensitive and at the same time virtuoso performances. © 2018 Pizzicato



Records International, January 2018

Only the second recording in the current catalogue of the abundantly tuneful, lyrical 24-minute set of Nocturnes by Kalliwoda. Mendelssohn’s youthful (1824) sonata, light in texture and containing both melancholy and exuberance, is hardly over-recorded either; in fact, there are more reordings of the Onslow in its various versions for violin, viola or cello, than there are of the Mendelssohn! … © 2018 Records International





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