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Ronald E. Grames
Fanfare, July 2016

This music has been an absolute joy to hear: new in concept if less so in style. The Cavatina Duo and their performing partners the Avalon String Quartet and Desirée Ruhstrat and David Cunliffe of the Lincoln Trio—all Chicago based—are wonderful beyond praise. …this lovely, melancholy, but vital music of love, longing, and hope will charm the souls of any other listeners, especially in these passionately shaped and technically immaculate performances. Bravi! © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review

Kenneth Keaton
American Record Guide, July 2016

Each piece is quite tonal, since each is based on Sephardic music, either quotations, paraphrases, or stylistic imitations. It’s really delightful stuff, and it’s all beautifully played— each of these musicians are real artists; there’s not a weak link among them. It’s one of the most delightful chamber recordings I’ve heard in quite a while. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Phil Muse
Audio Video Club of Atlanta, July 2016

All the works on this program are performed by Moliner and Azabagic, who are known professionally as the Cavatina Duo, with their accustomed style and feeling for rhythmic and sonic values. The sound of Moliner’s alto flute is particularly notable for its warmth and dark, well-grounded color, allowing Azabagic’s guitar plenty of room to create its own sonic space and range of moods. The supporting artists are all excellent: cellist David Cunliffe in Thomas’ Trio Sefardi, violinist Desirée Ruhstrat in Rivera’s Plegaria y canto, and the Avalon String Quartet, whose muted sounds make the perfect backdrop to the Leisner and Assad works. © 2016 Audio Video Club of Atlanta Read complete review

Steven Ritter
Audiophile Audition, June 2016

…simply lovely in all respects.

The music here is disparate as well, a common basis being the melodies found in this Spanish/Jewish era, …five very different but uniquely beautiful takes on the gems of this culture, and there are many moments that, while standing apart in style, are bound by a very common haunting beauty. © 2016 Audiophile Audition Read complete review

Sharna Searle
The WholeNote, May 2016

…infused with gorgeous, evocative melodies, soulful and plaintive laments, lyrical flights of fancy, sultry twists on the tango, startling percussive passages and an exhilarating energy. Azabagic and Moliner are virtuosic, passionate musicians, deftly accompanied by David Cunliffe on cello, Desirée Ruhstrat, violin, and the Avalon String Quartet. © 2016 The WholeNote Read complete review, April 2016

Because of this disc’s subject matter, the newness of its music and the unusual instrumentation, this recording will scarcely be to all listeners’ tastes, but it certainly represents an intriguing way to acknowledge and pay tribute to the primary performers’ previously unknown ancestry. © 2016 Read complete review

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