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Maria Nockin
Fanfare, March 2014

The sound quality on the new Naxos disc is pristine…Both violinist Kinga Augustyn and pianist Efi Hackmey are fine artists who play this music with obvious joy. I think the disc will appeal to people who love the violin and want to hear music that has not always been available. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review



Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, January 2014

…Kinga Augustyn is one hell of a violinist. Her technique is tested to the breaking point in the virtuosic pieces, and she emerges unscathed. But also put to the test is her versatility in adapting to the wide range of music and styles presented by the works on this disc, and again, she meets the challenge magnificently. Hallmarks of her playing are razor-sharp execution, even in the most taxing technical passages, and a tone of silvery purity high up on the E string, and of full-bodied mocha richness on the G string. That leaves a lot of notes in between, but they’re all produced with equal and even resonance.

This is generally recommended to all, but to violin mavens especially, it’s a must. © Fanfare



Tim Homfray
The Strad, December 2013

Kinga Augustyn treats both mazurkas with charm and a certain coquettishness, relishing the melodic twists and turns and extrovert technical displays. In the Introduction and Cracovienne and the Andante-Polonaise she keeps a light touch in the energetic fast sections, dancing and laced with virtuosic flourishes. There is plenty of character to his Romance, and to Zygmunt Noskowski’s Chanson ancienne.

[Augustyn] plays Górecki’s miniature Sonatina in one movement with driving intensity, before opening out into the more spacious Variazioni, in a performance embracing beautifully shaped, pensive melodic lines and darker, biting playing. © 2013 The Strad Read complete review



Stas Kmiec
Polish American Journal, December 2013

Polish Music with a Polish Soul

Polish Violin Musica CD recording featuring violinist Kinga Augustyn and pianist Efi Hackmey is dedicated to the Polish violin tradition in all its fascinating diversity. The album is an important contribution to the musical landscape of Poland—many of the recordings are world premieres, and much of the repertoire is virtually unknown.

The opening Mazurka in G major, Op. 26 by Aleksander Zarzycki is a gem and sets the standard of quality of this magical CD. Rarely have I heard Polish music played with true temperament, nuance and with the elusive Polish soul. Ms. Augustyn speaks the language of the music and approaches the intricacies with refinement, restraint and finesse (…). Zarzycki’s virtuosic Mazurka was a staple of an older generation of violinists and a frequent recital showpiece. His music is emblematic of the romantic ethos of the nineteenth century. Augustyn devotes a sizable portion of the CD to his work and is the first violinist to record all of his violin pieces (…). Efi Hackmey creates the perfect complement and support to the violinist’s exquisite virtuosity. Augustyn’s elegant playing and fearless panache are unfailingly musical. Capable of lyricism and bravura in equal measure, her sound is full-bodied and passionate.

This is a must-have CD—an excellent addition to a musical library and the perfect gift for the holidays. © 2013 Polish American Journal



Steve Arloff
MusicWeb International, November 2013

This disc is an extremely enjoyable survey of Polish violin music spanning 150 years.

…Efi Hackmey is a fine accompanist to Kinga Augustyn whose virtuosity is left in no doubt. All these works demand deft handling and a high degree of skill. These qualities she demonstrates throughout with muscular playing and a beautiful singing tone. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Gary Fitelberg
Polish Music Newsletter, October 2013

Kinga Augustyn will amaze you with her sensitivity and virtuosity. Joined by pianist Efi Hackmey, she offers excellent performances of some of the most famous Polish composers…

This dynamic duo delivers a wonderful tribute to these sparkling examples of Polish violin repertoire. Special thanks to NAXOS for bringing these great Polish composers and their compositions to the forefront of archival-quality recordings of classical music, especially those mostly forgotten and rarely, if ever, recorded.

POLISH VIOLIN MUSIC – simply splendid! © 2013 Polish Music Newsletter Read complete review





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