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Marco Frei
Piano News, May 2015

Composed between 1861 and 1870 in these three sonatas influences of Schubert and Schumann are omnipresent. That is carved out carefully by the piano duo—harmonious and also with unsuspected dramatic power. © 2015 Piano News

James Harrington
American Record Guide, March 2015

Gouvy wrote joyous, melodic music and was an excellent craftsman as far as harmony and form.

[Naoumoff’s and Yau Cheng’s] ensemble and musicality allow these works to be heard in their best light. The sound is excellent… © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

David Denton
David's Review Corner, November 2014

Born in Germany, but brought up and educated in France, Louis Theodore Gouvy, was a highly prolific composer, working mainly in the realms of orchestral scores. Today that output and high reputation has vanished, the music on this new release coming from his small collection of piano music for four hands. It is said by commentators of the time that his works owed a great deal to Schubert, and that is certainly true of the three sonatas. So why is he forgotten? I suppose the answer is that Mahler and Richard Strauss were moving the musical world into pastures new before the end of his life in 1898. Yet I guess you could pass-off the D minor sonata, composed in 1861, as having come from the young Schubert, the thematic material both pleasant and well conceived. Maybe he too began to recognize his music had become dated, and he tries to inject a lighter mood, not that far removed from salon music, in the fast and joyful finale of the C minor sonata completed in 1869. It is all passingly pleasant, and finds two enthusiastic champions in the Hong Kong-born, Yau Cheng, and her French mentor, Emile Naoumoff, both resident in the United States. Strangely they change places between the first and second parts even within a work, though you would not notice, and when required their playing has ample technical brilliance, though the music would not tax gifted amateur pianists. Natural piano sound from the Indiana University. © 2014 David’s Review Corner

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