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Robert Maxham
Fanfare, January 2020

Violinist Benjamin Schmid, opens his program with a heady version of the Preludio from Bach’s Third Solo Violin Partita. Schmid never strays so far from the original that he would seriously offend the sensibilities of the most hidebound listeners.

Those who admire Schmid’s explorations of the standard repertoire (such as his vibrant readings of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto) may not hold his jazz improvisations and reimaginings in a comparably high regard. But it should be impossible for all but the most curmudgeonly to deny the vitality of both his imagination and his performances. Strongly recommended. © 2020 Fanfare Read complete review




Barry Kilpatrick
American Record Guide, November 2019

Violinist Benjamin Schmid has made dozens of acclaimed recordings, but to my knowledge, none are like this one. Here he teams with a group of virtuosos that sounds by turns like classical orchestra, bluegrass band, and jazz ensemble in taking standard repertory and twisting it into new shapes. You might already figure this isn’t for you, but the playing is terrific and the reconception quite lively. © 2019 American Record Guide




Uwe Krusch
Pizzicato, August 2019

Schmid has joined forces with friends who form an excellent ensemble and follow his path with finesse and sparkling enthusiasm. Schmid finds very personal approaches in an agreeably varied collection. One may enthusiastically welcome these improvisations, only like them or even dislike them, that’s up to everyone’s taste. If you like it, then you are up for an enriching new view of the genre. © 2019 Pizzicato Read complete review





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