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Grant Chu Covell
La Folia, July 2016

Of Franchomme’s own music, the cello duets are especially durable, specifically the Nocturnes, …Dubin offers several occasional items, an Op. 18, No. 3 solo, and a caprice on themes by Weber. Cello ensembles can be rare, and it is wonderful to hear such gorgeous mellowness. © 2016 La Folia Read complete review



Robin Stowell
The Strad, April 2016

Dubin is an artist of refined taste and musicianship, unconcerned with display or self-projection; …She gives Chopin’s C major Mazurka a…cavalier treatment and, sparked perhaps by pianist Hélène Jeanney, loosens her belt in Franchomme’s embellished version of Chopin’s Introduction and Polonaise brillante. She shapes her moving, lyrical lines in Franchomme’s nocturnes with innate musicality—and her sparring in op.15 no.2 with co-cellist Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir is delightful.

The recording is warm and resonant. © 2016 The Strad Read complete review



Cristina Schreil
Strings Magazine, April 2016

While it may seem he competes, Chopin hardly snags the spotlight. Franchomme’s four nocturnes for two cellos are notably mesmerizing and melancholic. In Op. 15. No. 1, performed by Dubin and Thorsteinsdóttir, gentle triplets layer under long, velvety bow strokes. © 2016 Strings Magazine Read complete review



Samuel Magill
MusicWeb International, March 2016

Dubin exhibits total mastery of her instrument, her intonation is well-nigh perfect and her tone is always lovely and warm. The other three cellists are equally fine. They are sympathetic collaborators, showing much sensitivity in their ensemble work and match perfectly Dubin’s sweet cello sound. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Jonathan Woolf
MusicWeb International, January 2016

The four-cello arrangement by Franchomme of Chopin’s Ballade, Op.38 is full of refined elegance, a characteristic feature of the majority of the cellist’s pieces… The Prelude Op.28/9 and the Funeral March movement from the Second Sonata complete the trio of quartets—the last named especially striking in the way it changes the character of the music; I liked the drone-like effect and the varied and sometimes sparing use of vibrato in this performance. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review



David W Moore
American Record Guide, January 2016

The cellists and pianists playing this program are notable for their warmth of tone and love for what they are doing. I ended up enjoying this more than I expected to. Perhaps you will, too. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



R. James Tobin
Classical Net, November 2015

Dubin’s performances of these pieces…are generally excellent. The Franchomme’s pieces are performed here in an appealingly warm manner; I find luscious. …The Chopin Ballade and Prelude…are both slow and lovely, with rich sound.

…I can enthusiastically and strongly recommend this CD. © 2015 Classical Net Read complete review



Brian Wilson
MusicWeb International, November 2015

The Franchomme Project offers an attractive programme of newly discovered works by this renowned French cellist, together with transcriptions of music by Chopin, who chose Franchomme as his chamber music partner. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Infodad.com, October 2015

Dubin and the other performers play with relish, clearly enjoying exploring some out-of-the-way parts of the cello repertoire, and Franchomme’s music is good enough so that this disc may well pave the way for it to start appearing with greater frequency on recital programs. © 2015 Infodad.com Read complete review





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