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Robert Maxham
Fanfare, November 2016

If Cabeza seems at home in the brilliant scale-like passages in that first movement, she sounds equally idiomatic in the second movement’s lyrical passages. To cap a brilliant performance, she and her pianist give a bright-toned, rhythmically sprightly account of the finale, which they bring to a thundering climax.

The program’s concluding section, …begins with the composer’s Adagio in E Major, in which Cabeza draws a silvery tone from her violin in a generally serene performance, which is enhanced by an enchanting liveliness brought to the orchestra’s accompanying figures by Dirk Kaftan and the Concertino Ensemble. The Rondo in C Major receives a similar cleaning, with textures energized by both soloist and ensemble. For its exuberant performances and its clear recorded sound, Maia Cabeza’s program deserves a warm recommendation. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review



Rob Haskins
American Record Guide, September 2016

Cabeza is well suited for the extreme contrasts in this program. When the music demands it, she’s sweet and lyrical but never superficial; the music breathes and lives. The Schnittke Sonata is extremely well played—indeed, I cannot imagine a better performance. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide





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