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Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, November 2018

Spohr, being a violin virtuoso of the first order, dispels both of those preconceptions in a trice. As Kaplan put it in his aforementioned review, “Spohr not only resists any impulse to ‘dumb down’ his style to accommodate the limited medium; rather, he calls on the two players to do almost more than is reasonable, and by so doing, transcends the medium.”

This album of Spohr duets can be easily recommended to all lovers of the violin for over an hour’s worth beautiful of beautiful music beautifully played. © 2018 Fanfare Read complete review




Joseph Magil
American Record Guide, November 2018

These [Spohr’s music] really are like a breath of fresh air and would be fine works for students to learn. The very polished, energetic performers help immensely… © 2018 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Terry Robbins
The WholeNote, November 2018

Cooper and Dickenson provide warm and stylish playing throughout an absolutely delightful CD. © 2018 The WholeNote Read complete review




Blair Sanderson
AllMusic.com, September 2018

For this 2018 Naxos release, the first volume of a series, Jameson Cooper and James Dickenson are evenly matched, and the often difficult interplay between them makes it hard to hear any problems, though much of that is due to Spohr’s tendency to write busy parts with few rests. …Cooper and Dickenson elevate these slight miniatures to a level of sophistication that disguises their formal weaknesses and emphasizes their clever ideas. Naxos provides close-up recording that captures every detail with clarity and warmth. © 2018 AllMusic.com Read complete review



Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, September 2018

The recording I speak of today might never have been made if it wasn’t for the Naxos dedication to worthwhile but neglected corners of the Classical repertoire that in part distinguishes the label’s way of proceeding. Their series of recordings of the music of Spohr is but one of the nice examples in the Naxos release schedule, albums that make available the more unusual possibilities at a nice price. So we have today Spohr’s Violin Duets 1 (Naxos 8.573763). The performances are poetically and quite respectably in the hands of violinists Jameson Cooper and James Dickenson. © 2018 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, July 2018

This is the first release in a cycle of the complete Violin Duets by the 19th century composer, Louis Spohr, and was intended for use of a teacher and their studentSomewhere back in time I remember playing these duets with my mentor, and finding them great fun, one of the present performers, Jameson Cooper, like myself coming from Sheffield. Spohr was very clever in giving the slightly more challenging part to one of the violins without making the other sound in any way inferior as they musically twist and turn around one another. The earliest duets were written when Spohr was 12 and were played to his parents by the young violinist and his teacher, but never published in his lifetime, they eventually appeared as Three Duets for Two Violins, WoO21. He must have been a prodigiously gifted child, as it was in three movements with much pleasing melodic invention. Later duet scores were criticised by his publisher for being too difficult and were not saleable as sheet music to performing amateurs. Spohr’s repost, some years later, were the three opus 67 duets. Still not material for raw beginners, I hope this very well performed disc will encourage more to seek the pure enjoyment of a shared experience. Both Cooper and James Dickenson come from the UK, but are now resident in the United States, the playing having that robust quality the music requires, the two violins perfectly balanced in sessions recorded and edited by the performers. I hope you will enjoy the disc as much as myself, and I look forward to future albums. © 2018 David’s Review Corner





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