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David DeBoor Canfield
Fanfare, July 2018

Neubauer and Garrett play brilliantly throughout the disc, and the recording does a splendid job in portraying the beautiful tone of both instruments. © 2018 Fanfare  Read complete review



James A. Altena
Fanfare, July 2018

Neubauer evinces sovereign interpretive and technical majesty. A matching word of praise is also due to pianist Margo Garrett. This is truly a collaboration of two equals, not a primary soloist and subordinate accompanist, and I would gladly seek out the opportunity to hear her in a solo piano recital. © 2018 Fanfare Read complete review




Joseph Magil
American Record Guide, July 2018

This is the first time that I have heard all of Bloch’s music for viola and piano in a single collection, and what is remarkable about it is the consistency of Bloch’s style across the years. Bloch thought of himself as a composer of Jewish music, and orientalism is evident in every score here. His compositions have a rhapsodic character too.

These performances are excellent. Neubauer is in top form, and he really feels the music. He draws a beautiful tone from his instrument and plays with unfailingly pure intonation. Good sound. © 2018 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide




Gary Lemco
Audiophile Audition, June 2018

Virile, robust performances of Bloch’s viola compositions make this collection a must for those who cherish the instrument at its best.

Critic Oscar Sonneck once remarked that in the piece Suite for Viola and Piano, “Bloch has given us the greatest work for viola in musical literature…one of the most significant and powerful works of our time.” © 2018 Audiophile Audition Read complete review



Phil Muse
Audio Video Club of Atlanta, June 2018

Suite for Solo Viola (1958) is a very remarkable work in four interconnected movements, played without pause. Bloch implies harmony and counterpoint in this work much as did J.S.Bach in his suites for solo cello and unaccompanied violin…

Finally, we have Five Jewish Pieces (1950–1951) that Bloch wrote to celebrate his 70th birthday. He later broke them down into the two works we have here, the Suite Hébraïque and Meditation and Processional. Dynamic contours and glowing tones make for attractive music in both works. Neubauer and Garrett are not slow in making the best of their opportunities. © 2018 Audio Video Club of Atlanta Read complete review



Rob Barnett
MusicWeb International, May 2018

This Delos disc is a truly excellent account of Bloch’s chamber music for viola. Neubauer pours on the emotion and never falls into routine page-turning mode. Both he and Margo Garrett convince the listener that this music has won them over and can win us over. © 2018 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Terry Robbins
The WholeNote, April 2018

…what playing it is! Both performers are superb in the major work on the CD, the four-movement Suite for Viola and Piano from 1919, described in The Musical Quarterly as “…one of the most significant and powerful works of our time.”

Neubauer has a wonderful fullness to his playing, with Garrett’s accompaniment of an equally high standard. © 2018 The WholeNote Read complete review



Lisa Flynn
WFMT (Chicago), March 2018

After this vibrant program of Ernest Bloch’s music for viola and piano was recorded in 2001, the tapes disappeared for fifteen years. When they resurfaced, artists Paul Neubauer and Margo Garrett were thrilled that the tapes were not only salvageable, but also featured playing that they felt presented their best possible efforts to bring these works to life. Among the works offered are Bloch’s powerful Suite for Viola and Piano and the Suite Hébraïque, an engaging synthesis of Jewish themes with multiple musical influences, typical of Bloch’s mature style. Paul Neubauer’s solid reputation as one of the great violists of our time is enhanced by his collaboration with award-winning pianist Margo Garrett. © 2018 WFMT (Chicago)



Lynn René Bayley
The Art Music Lounge, February 2018

…splendid performances of some of Bloch’s most interesting works: atmospheric yet well-written with meaty themes and interesting development. The music engages both the mind and the heart, and the duo did indeed find just the right tone and mood for each piece. You really feel these performances; they’re not just professional read-throughs but emotionally engaged, even gripping in places. You’d almost think they wrote this music themselves.

This is surely one of the finest albums of Bloch’s chamber music I’ve heard, outstanding performances of both the earlier and later material. Neubauer and Garrett uncover the relationships between these scores and make the program sound as gripping as a live performance. © 2018 The Art Music Lounge Read complete review





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