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Phillip Scott
Fanfare, July 2019

Francesca Anderegg studied with Robert Mann at Juilliard and has also worked with Itzhak Perlman. She is an extremely good violinist with a taste in uncommon repertoire. Here she plays with the highly sympathetic Brazilian pianist Erika Ribiero, and it is clear how much enjoyment these musicians get from the program. Their enjoyment is infectious, resulting in the most delightful disc of Brazilian chamber music to come along in years. © 2019 Fanfare Read complete review



Ned Kellenberger
American Record Guide, May 2019

The works chosen for this recording reveal interesting colors and rhythmic combinations that may sound fresh and novel to people familiar with classical music. Performers searching for unaccompanied works will be interested in Meloritmias No. 4. © 2019 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, February 2019

…We have this fascinating anthology of Brazilian music for violin and piano, played with flair and charm by violinist Francesca Anderegg and pianist Erika Ribeiro. It is as you can tell by the above an album called Images of Brazil (Naxos 8.573923). On it we are treated to seven works by seven composer, some perhaps not very familiar to most of us, the music all between 4 and 17 minutes in length.

Recommended. Congrats to Anderegg and Ribeiro for a beautiful performance! And thanks to the composers, too, of course. © 2019 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review



Lisa Flynn
WFMT (Chicago), January 2019

“Images of Brazil” showcases the breadth and variety of Brazilian music by focusing on composers who use native forms, such as the bossa nova, chôro, frevo, and samba, combined with neo-Romanticism, Modernism and jazz. It includes Camargo Guarnieri’s grandly Romantic Violin Sonata No. 4 and a violin arrangement of one of Villa-Lobos’s most colorful character pieces, alongside contemporary works. Violinist Francesca Anderegg is renowned for delivering insightful accounts of contemporary and classical music. Based in Rio de Janeiro, pianist Erika Ribeiro has a wide knowledge of Brazilian music complemented by a deep grounding in European repertoire. © 2019 WFMT (Chicago)



David Denton
David's Review Corner, December 2018

Seventeen tracks for violin and piano, mostly composed in the second-half of the Twentieth Century, and here gathered together under the title ‘Images of Brazil’. It is a highly enjoyable disc, excellently performed, the only problem being that a perceived South American influence is in short supply, most of the works belonging to a style of  mainstream North American or West European composers. It all resides in the world of tonality, just as if the Second Viennese School never existed. That fact alone will, no doubt, recommend the disc to many, particularly so as they are all well written. That is particularly true of Mozart Camargo Guarnieri’s Fourth Violin Sonata from 1956, which is a real discovery. A prolific and much acclaimed composer, his three movement score is redolent with Romantic era influences, and offers a perfect balance of importance to both instruments. That is equally true of Cesar Guerra-Peixa’s Three Pieces written in the following year, the colours are both transparent and vivid, and I commend it to violinists looking for something different. Villa-Lobos needs no introduction, though the suite O Martirio dos Insetos (The Martyrdom of Insects) is a rarity. Originally for violin and orchestra, the accompaniment was arranged for piano by Ricardo Averbach, it’s subject often sad and coloured as such. Meloritmias for solo violin goes from sad to happy in a short period of time, Lea Freire bringing the disc into the present century with a touch of contemporary writing in Tres cancoes. The release ends with works by Edmundo Villani-Cortes and Radames Gnattali that take us back to salon music with a twist of modernity. Throughout the American-born, Francesca Anderegg, is a hugely persuasive advocate of seldom performed music, excellently partnered by Erika Ribeiro. The recording engineer slightly slants the balance towards the piano. Among rarely heard music discs there is here treasure-trove. © 2018 David’s Review Corner



Records International, December 2018

This release showcases the breadth and variety of Brazilian music by focusing on composers who explore traditional styles and use native forms, such as the bossa nova, choro, frevo, and samba, combined with neo-Romanticism, Modernism and jazz. Looking beyond cultural stereotypes, it includes Camargo Guarnieri’s grandly Romantic sonata and a violin arrangement of one of Villa-Lobos’s most colorful character pieces, alongside contemporary works that explore nature painting, song, and Carnival, offering an abundance of vibrancy, dance, languorous rhythms, and joyful wit. © 2018 Records International



Dean Frey
Music for Several Instruments, November 2018

…It’s all very appealing, and beautifully played by Anderegg and Ribeiro. Highly recommended. © 2018 Music for Several Instruments Read complete review





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