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Brian Reinhart
MusicWeb International, November 2016

Throughout the programme, Laura Metcalf and Matei Varga make for superb company. Their partnership is utterly natural, as one would expect from performers who have collaborated for over a decade. …The Poulenc encore is a song [Metcalf] frequently performs with her pianist father, …Metcalf plays the tune on cello—and then sings it in French, showing off a quite attractive voice which evokes Paris nightclubs more than opera halls. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Joanne Lam
I Care If You Listen, September 2016

Laura Metcalf’s personal relationship with every composition is apparent right from the start, …First Day is a mixtape of the highest calibre: one cannot listen to the album without feeling lighter, brighter, and thoroughly wooed by end of it. © 2016 I Care If You Listen Read complete review



Jed Distler
Gramophone, September 2016

[Metcalf’s] seamless, singing legato lines above the staff amount to a masterclass in control and deep listening; also note the lute-like sonority Varga divines from the accompaniment’s soft, sparse chords.

Her soft, slightly tentative vocalising provides a sweet foil to her suave, experienced bow arm. © 2016 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



David W Moore
American Record Guide, July 2016

Metcalf and Varga are old friends and work together smoothly and warmly.

…we have a song by Francis Poulenc that finishes us off with a surprise as the cellist sings the song quite beautifully. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Terry Robbins
The WholeNote, May 2016

Metcalf has extensive experience as both a chamber musician and soloist, and has a lovely tone and a fine legato. © 2016 The WholeNote Read complete review




Infodad.com, May 2016

The pieces on this CD are clearly of importance and meaningfulness to Metcalf, and likely to Varga as well, but they are such a varied mixture that they seem designed to be heard by the family and personal friends of the performers rather than a wider audience. © 2016 Infodad.com Read complete review



Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, May 2016

Laura Metcalf brings us a sense of assuredness and a projectively dramatic way that is forwarded wonderfully by Matei Varga. It is a most beautiful recital that proclaims Laura’s arrival as a major present-day cellist.

Molto bravo! © 2016 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review



Lisa Flynn
WFMT (Chicago), May 2016

Cellist Laura Metcalf enjoys a thriving career performing as a soloist, orchestral musician, and in the ensembles Break of Reality and Sybarite 5. Joined by pianist Matei Varga, this release is her debut solo recording. The program for the album features works by Martinu, Enescu, Poulenc, and more. © 2016 WFMT (Chicago)





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