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David W Moore
American Record Guide, January 2014

…this amusing program is performed with aplomb and accuracy and the…recording is fine. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Brian Reinhart
MusicWeb International, December 2013

This CD runs the gamut of one-violin-one-cello repertoire, from romantic virtuoso showpieces to modern masterworks by Kodály and Ravel to…an arrangement of John Philip Sousa’s most beloved march. It’s well worth your time because the music is arranged for maximum contrast…and because the two performers are superb.

Arianna Warsaw-Fan and Meta Weiss…tackle all this music with aplomb. When there are only two performers, the pressure’s on, and they meet all the composers’ demands, dig into the different voices like master ventriloquists, and crucially sound fantastic.

It is unquestionably the thing if you’re looking for a fun, brilliantly played album for violin and cello. If so, buy with confidence… © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Ben Finane
Listen: Life with Classical Music, December 2013

Bold playing and rich sound distinguish this disc of chamber music for violin (Arianna Warsaw-Fan) and cello (Meta Weiss). The repertoire ranges from the ruddy folk of Zoltan Kodaly’s Duo for Violin and Cello, Op 7 to the more nakedly virtuosic nineteenth-century Grand Duo de Concert by Adrien-Francois Servais and Hubert Leonard. © 2013 Listen: Life with Classical Music

Laurence Vittes
The Huffington Post, September 2013

Enterprising young Sono Luminus…unleashes the savage powers of violin and cello team duoW (Arianna Warsaw-Fan and Meta Weiss). What makes this essential listening is their Saturday Night special rendition of Sousa’s patriotic band march, The Stars & Stripes Forever, arranged by Bruce Dukov. It is an amazing tour de force, high flying, smarmy, breathtaking, all at once. Recorded in Sono Luminus’s state of the art studio in Boyce, Virginia, the sound is impossibly rich with an appetite for the sexy and the sumptuous. © 2013 The Huffington Post Read complete review

Lee Passarella
Audiophile Audition, September 2013

Serious music and music-making are on display here.

Getting right down to business with the great Duo that Kodaly penned at the start of World War I, the duo attack the first theme with dash and fire…The second movement is supposed to be a lamenting reaction to the war, and Duo W play it with a proper sense of stunned quietude. The rondo finale returns us to the driving energy of the first movement.

…Bruce Dukov’s loving, slightly tongue-in-cheek treatment [of the Stars and Stripes Forever] is an enjoyable way to end a program characterized by serious, impassioned, virtuoso musicianship from start to finish. And I’m a fan of Sono Luminus’ dual-disc productions; this seems the most sensible way to offer the obvious benefits of Blu-ray audio while still catering to the stereo-only listening public. The sound…is invitingly warm and intimate… © 2013 Audiophile Audition Read complete review

Roger S. Gordon
Positive Feedback Online, September 2013

While I am familiar with the music of Kodaly, Halvorsen, Ravel, and Sousa I was not familiar with any of the music on this CD other than Stars and Stripes Forever. Having now played the CD numerous times I can say that I enjoy listening to all of the tracks.

One of the joys of listening to chamber music is when the musicians are in total sync with each other. The two young women that form Duo W play as if they are one person. Also…they put maximum emotion and energy into their performance.

My favorite tracks are the Halvorsen and the Servais/Leonard, The Halvorsen Passacaglia sounds in parts like it could have been written by Johann Sebastian Bach. Very nice. The music was also written to be a crowd pleaser. It includes variations of several well known English songs which will be recognizable by most listeners. Very humorous. © 2013 Positive Feedback Online Read complete review

Kara Dahl Russell
The WSCL Blog, August 2013

These exceptionally talented Julliard grads are part of the forefront of the movement to new platforms for selling classical music…these young women…have the musical goods to deliver, as made evident by both their performances and selections on their premier CD. © 2013 The WSCL Blog Read complete review

Joseph Newsome
Voix des Arts, August 2013

Entendre is as enticing an introduction to the artistry of duoW as could be imagined. These young ladies offer playing that goes far beyond the technically-proficient instrumentalism that is heard from so many young players who emerge from the world’s conservatories today. What is more, Entendre offers performances of marvelous music that is off the beaten paths traversed by most of the world’s better violinists and cellists. Ms Warsaw-Fan’s and Ms Weiss’s playing in this performance is not of the coolly exhibitionist nature of important artists in the concert hall, and Entendre is all the more enjoyable for it: rather, this is music-making of the sort that occurs when two fabulous artists for whom playing is a true joy meet and play merely for their own pleasure. Many début discs raise the question of what comes next for the artists at hand, but Entendre leaves no doubt that the young ladies of duoW are poised to significantly influence the dialogue between violin and cello in the 21st Century. Thanks to Sono Luminus, those who love these instruments have this opportunity to witness a vital step in the artistic genesis of what is sure to remain one of contemporary Classical Music’s greatest partnerships. © 2013 Voix des Arts Read complete review

Nicholas Sheffo
Fulvue Drive-in, August 2013

…Entendre…features the duo of cellist Meta Weiss and violinist Arianna Warsaw-Fan playing a wide variety of instrumental pieces that mix newer, lesser-known composers…with well known works by John Philip Sousa…and Maurice Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Cello.

It is as well played as it is well recorded and many who love this music will be impressed by the sonics of the recording…The duo is very proficient for their youth and we’ll likely be seeing and hearing more from them soon. © 2013 Fulvue Drive-in Read complete review

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