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Hank Zauderer
My Classical Notes, October 2017

Although these three works can scarcely be regarded as avant-garde for their time, at least where their tonality is concerned, a new spirit was in the air: a freely ranging search on all levels for new forms and means of expression, coupled with a love of experimentation with extremely sparse scoring.

Of course, the pioneering work in a distinctive violin-cello repertoire was surely written a generation earlier: Brahms’ concerto for this ‘eight-stringed giant’ of 1887. It was a performance of his work that brought Julia Fischer and Daniel Müller-Schott together on the concert platform for the first time. © 2017 My Classical Notes Read complete review

Leslie Wright
MusicWeb International, December 2016

This CD contains what by general consent are the two greatest chamber works for violin and cello of the past century, those by Ravel and Kodály. They have appeared together before… What makes this programme special, however, is a piece that I had not heard before, Schulhoff’s Duo. Julia Fischer and Daniel Müller-Schott are fully engaged in the music and their teamwork is impeccable. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review

BBC Music Magazine, November 2016

They set Kodály ablaze with searing eloquence and zinging clarity… © 2016 BBC Music Magazine

Rob Cowan
Gramophone, October 2016

There’s plenty to enjoy here, though Julia Fischer and Daniel Müller-Schott virtually duplicate a programme that Nigel Kennedy and Lynn Harrell put out some years ago for EMI/Warner. As so often is the case, comparisons are instructive.

Choosing between the two duos is difficult but for me the presence of Schulhoff’s enigmatic work on the new CD is a little too much of a draw to resist. © 2016 Gramophone Read complete review

Remy Franck
Pizzicato, August 2016

Julia Fischer and Daniel Müller-Schott are melting in one single rhetoric line, the duo becoming somehow a ‘uno’, so gripping is the combined eloquence of the two musicians. In all the pieces on the program they are totally inside the idiom and convey its expression with passion and mastery. The recording is impeccable. © 2016 Pizzicato

The Sunday Times, London, July 2016

Fischer and Müller-Schott…share an easy rapport, they revel in the gypsy influences that pervade, especially, Kodaly’s work, and to a lesser extent Ravel’s, and they make the finest possible case for regarding Erwin Schulhoff… © 2016 The Sunday Times, London Read complete review

Andrew Clements
The Guardian, July 2016

…when putting together programmes for a recital or a disc, the starting point remains the two 20th-century masterpieces for violin and cello, Zoltán Kodály’s Duo and Maurice Ravel’s Sonata.

That pair of works are the mainstay of Julia Fischer and Daniel Müller-Schott’s disc together, too. But they play them with such energy, engagement and virtuoso precision that there’s never any hint of overfamiliarity; in both works, every detail of the extremely demanding string writing is carefully etched, and captured with tingling immediacy in the recording, whether it’s the rhapsodic lines of the Kodály, or the acerbic bitonal clashes of the Ravel.

And between the two, they include another substantial piece… The Duo for Violin and Cello, by Erwin Schulhoff… Fischer and Müller-Schott take such care over the music and invest it with such purpose, that it can more than hold its own between the Kodály and the Ravel. © 2016 The Guardian Read complete review

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