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Tully Potter
The Strad, October 2018

The Ysaÿe Sonata, the single movement dedicated to Enescu, is superbly despatched by Berman. Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy, like the Chaconne closely associated with Vecsey (he plays two-thirds of it on Testament SBT2 1323), rises to great intensity in the Card Scene.

Berman handles the difficulties impressively… © 2018 The Strad Read complete review



Robert Maxham
Fanfare, September 2018

Beethoven’s “Spring” Sonata sounds electrifying in its first movement, virtually sizzling in Berman’s and Mazzoccante’s performance, with Mazzoccante serving as a highly sympathetic accompanist. 

Given what modern listeners can know of him, Berman’s program seems well chosen. For example, Eugène Ysaÿe’s Third Solo Sonata receives a performance by Berman that emphasizes the hair-raising moments in its final page, and Pablo de Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy sounds as though it’s high on speed (the way Franz Waxman’s work usually sounds). © 2018 Fanfare Read complete review





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