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Robert Maxham
Fanfare, July 2017

Haig Kazazyan, a professor at the Moscow Conservatory, gives Edvard Grieg’s First Violin Sonata an urgent reading in its first movement, and the engineers have captured him up close enough to make that intensity all the more palpable. He produces a rich and commanding tone from the 1723 Wieniawski Stradivari, but it’s what he communicates through that tone that makes the performance sound so vibrant. Pianist Philipp Kopachevsky, a graduate student at the conservatory, matches Kazazyan’s almost Slavic ardor.

…Kazazyan plays [Second Sonata’s] opening recitative with almost as potent a combination of sentiment and strength, though Heifetz, of course, remains Heifetz and fills every phrase, if not every note, with his urgently violinistic personality… The duo brings great sensitivity to the opening of the slow movement and, if they hardly walk on eggs in middle section, they’re boffo in the climaxes.

The tonal weight Kazazyan exerts in the first two sonatas continues in the Third, …Despite the pervasive fullness of his tone, Kazazyan plays the outer sections of the second movement with touching sensitivity and dances lightly in the middle one. © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review

Joseph Magil
American Record Guide, July 2017

For years I have lamented that there was no worthy alternative to the magnificent set of these sonatas by Augustin Dumay and Maria João Pires. At last there is. Haik Kazazyan and Philipp Kopachevsky have a natural feel for this rich, unashamedly romantic music. They are not as heavily nuanced as the other duo, but their simple and straightforward interpretations are not wanting in any department. If you want a second set of these works with a different approach, this is worth hearing. Very good sound. © 2017 American Record Guide

Phil Muse
Audio Video Club of Atlanta, March 2017

Haik Kazazyan, native of Yerevan, Armenia and currently an esteemed member of the faculty of the Moscow Conservatory, continues to enjoy an international career as a concert violinist. His partner in this recital, Moscow-born Philipp Kopachevsky, has aready been an international prizewinner, even as he pursues his further studies at the Moscow Conservatory. The close rapport they demonstrate in the present recording of the three Violin Sonatas of Edvard Grieg, makes them ideal interpreters of music that sounds wonderful in the hands of lesser artists but takes on greater significance with performers of their calibre. © 2017 Audio Video Club of Atlanta Read complete review

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