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Robert Maxham
Fanfare, November 2018

Violinist Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch and pianist Tuija Hakkila present their program of Brahms’s three violin sonatas (and songs woven into their fabric) on what the booklet describes as “period instruments”—potentially endearing the collection to some listeners.

For those who don’t take an interest in period instruments in late 19th-century repertoire, these evocative readings should still provide a great deal of musical enjoyment, and the songs do shed light on the movements into which they fit. Plus, the two pianos really do provide a great deal of contrast and stimulate musical thought. Recommended. © 2018 Fanfare Read complete review



Paul L Althouse
American Record Guide, September 2018

The performances are very musical and of the “warm, loving, over-phrased” school, so I can recommend them to collectors who prefer period sound. It is, though, a little like listening to a speaker with a broken tweeter, and vibrato is rare. This is a nice enough recording that I’ll admit to finding it enjoyable, but when I want these pieces I’ll reach for modern instruments. © 2018 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Andrew Farach-Colton
Gramophone, July 2018

The intensely intimate atmosphere of this recording is due in large part to Kaakinen-Pilch and Hakkila’s ability to breathe and move together. Theirs is a refreshing, unified view of these sonatas, and one I expect to return to again with grateful pleasure. © 2018 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone




Infodad.com, May 2018

The instruments are very well-balanced against each other, and the performances, which are presented at pacing that fits the music just about perfectly, offer exactly the sort of give-and-take between the musicians that Brahms surely intended. © 2018 Infodad.com Read complete review





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