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Robert Maxham
Fanfare, July 2015

No. 24 [of Shostakovich’s Op. 34] displays Schmid’s ability to reach the core of these works, a combination of lyricism and ironic wit. His double-stops bite in this prelude, as well as in No. 6, a similar amalgam.

The recorded sound showcases the subtle tonal command of both members of the duo, but the program itself does the same for their musical command. Recommended, not only on the strength of the individual items but for the program as a whole. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, May 2015

This very particular program is eloquently played by Benjamin Schmid and Lisa Smirnova and should be attractive to anyone interested in such brilliant and rewarding arrangements. © 2015 Pizzicato



David Gutman
Gramophone, May 2015

This long-gestated project has a dangerous exuberance all its own. © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Jonathan Woolf
MusicWeb International, April 2015

It’s always engaging to come across the Weill-Frenkel septet of pieces. They suit Schmid’s tonal variety and shaping of material. I think one can hear from his playing of the Cannon Song that he has a Jazz background, as his rhythm is splendidly flexible. His smeary vibrato in the Tango Ballad works well. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review





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