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Robert Cummings
Classical Net, June 2013

…Steckel and Rivinius offer highly individual performances of the two sonatas and other works on this new Oehms recording.

The sound of Steckel’s cello on this disc is rather distinctive and…has a creamy tone…In the Rachmaninov sonata Steckel’s inclination to use a liberal amount of vibrato may well serve the composer’s lush lyrical outpourings well…In the Prokofiev sonata Steckel seems perfectly attuned to Prokofiev’s somewhat spicier expressive language…The results are a songful, emotionally charged and highly dramatic performance of this work.

The team’s rendition of Vocalise is lovely, and the other fillers are similarly convincing. There are many recordings of both sonatas here, but…it would be hard to beat Steckel and Rivinius, and in addition they throw in some nice fillers. © 2013 Classical Net Read complete review




Blair Sanderson
AllMusic.com, June 2013

While some listeners will expect this program to be an overly rich and heavy experience, it is surprisingly varied and exploits the cello’s full range, providing enough variety in textures and tone colors to keep the listener interested. The sound of the recording is good, with a true placement of the instruments… © 2013 Allmusic.com Read complete review





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