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Huntley Dent
Fanfare, November 2020

Piemontesi is exceptional. … Piemontesi seems uncanny in his ability to merge as one voice with Müller-Schott. He captivates your attention without thrusting himself into the limelight.

…The beauty of the performance by Müller-Schott and Piemontesi had won me over already. Their interpretation stands on the same high level as the two cello sonatas. I can’t add anything more except to say that the boat to the desert island now faces me with a new choice for the first time in 50 years. © 2020 Fanfare Read complete review



Lisa Flynn
WFMT (Chicago), August 2020

The two Cello Sonatas by Johannes Brahms are in very stark contrast to each other. This is not solely due to the more than twenty years separating the works. Brahms had a preference for pairs of works with the same instrumentation, which he frequently composed according to the principle of contrast. A cello version of the Violin Sonata Op. 78 supplements the two original sonatas in a charming way. Cellist Daniel Müller-Schott and pianist Francesco Piemontesi team up for this all-Brahms program. © 2020 WFMT (Chicago)



Lark Reviews, August 2020

There are three sonatas recorded here No1 in E minor Op38; D major sonata Op 78 and No2 in F major Op99. While enjoyable, these are highly serious works and need to be approached with a strong sense of their often hidden depths and beauties. Worth exploring and taking time to get to know. © 2020 Lark Reviews



The Sunday Times, London, August 2020

There are three sonatas in this beautifully realised sequence… The opening movement of the E major is hauntingly atmospheric, the three-movement structure a triumphant unfolding© 2020 The Sunday Times, London



Azusa Ueno
The Classic Review, August 2020

Brahms wrote his first Cello Sonata (1862-1865) as a sort of compositional homage to his three predecessors: Beethoven, Schubert, and Bach. Müller-Schott and Piemontesi pay meticulous attention to these small homages in a vibrant interpretation. The duo engage in an active dialogue throughout, each knowing when and how to step back smoothly from a soloistic moment into a supporting role. Even in these accompanimental moments, both players pay close attention to elements of phrasing that supports the synchronicity.

A worthwhile listening, then. © 2020 The Classic Review Read complete review




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, August 2020

This recording of the two cello sonatas by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), coupled with the violin sonata op. 78 arranged for cello, convinces with its very personal, differentiated and profoundly nuanced music-making. Between Daniel Müller-Schott and Francesco Piemontesi, there is a truly appealing giving and taking. The two of them also understand perfectly how to bring out the different characters of the two cello sonatas. After the resolute and pressing music of the E Minor Sonata, they approach the age-old sonata in a passionate and reflective interpretation, played with a great sense for the smallest detail and the finest nuances, without losing sight of the visionary whole. The relatively often played violin sonata in the cello version gets here a rhetoric and an elegance that is in no way inferior to the violin version. © 2020 Pizzicato





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