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Mark Novak
Fanfare, July 2017

These are centrist, Romantic performances where violinist and pianist are wonderfully in sync. Considering that these are live performances captured from a single performance date (i.e., no retakes possible), the skill of the performers is laid bare. …We get to experience the charged atmosphere of the players engaging their audience in repertoire staples.

This is a wonderful testament to the artistry of Ingolf Turban (and his playing partner) and a nice trophy to celebrate 30 years of concertizing. © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review

Huntley Dent
Fanfare, July 2017

I had never heard of the veteran German violinist Ingolf Turban before encountering this new release, but his big, “sappy” tone, the boldness of his personality, and the air of a master putting his whole heart into the performance reminded me vividly of the elder Stern.

…Turban shows little interest in passing details, preferring broad strokes and the big picture. You find yourself appreciating how he cuts a swath through the music, …I’m tempted to say that Turban aims for correctness, the tradition of Korrektheit where originality is less important than knowing “how it should go.”

There’s also a certain inequality in Turban’s authoritative style, which I could appreciate, and the thumping directness and over-emphasis in the accompaniment by pianist Gabriele Seidel-Hell. © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review

Harriet Smith
Gramophone, April 2017

Time and again Turban and Gabriele Seidel-Hell demonstrate their ease with this music: tempos are apt, slow movements flow well and there’s a good sense of give and take, even if the violin is occasionally overly dominant when accompanying the keyboard. With the exception of the slow introduction to the Second Sonata, the audience is generally quiet. It is in this work that the two players are at their best, and it unfolds seamlessly, with a notably flowing second movement and a heartfelt finale. © 2017 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Uwe Krusch
Pizzicato, February 2017

The three violin sonatas by Johannes Brahms are played on three different instruments. Soloist Ingolf Turban has chosen specific violins in order to illustrate the different moods of the sonatas. The performances in this live recording are in every way first class, and the live recording brilliantly captures the imaginative interpretations by Turban and pianist Gabriele Seidel-Hell. © 2017 Pizzicato

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