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Terry Robbins
The WholeNote, June 2013

…the performers were violinist Kate Stenberg and pianist Eva-Maria Zimmermann…Scenes from a New Music Séance…is the recording debut of the duo, and presents a fascinating program. Stenberg and Zimmermann handle the wide range of styles and techniques with consummate ease. © 2013 The WholeNote Read complete review

Lynn René Bayley
Fanfare, March 2013

…I’m glad to say that the duo who play on this CD are not only first-rate technically but get under the skin of the music.

This is a great find, and an album of modern music with much to offer. Highly recommended. © 2013 Fanfare Read complete review

Guy Rickards
Gramophone, January 2013

…it’s the older composers’ works that are the most interesting. Finest of all is Ruth Crawford’s Sonata…a superb four-movement work in the American pioneer tradition. So too is Cowell’s five-span Sonata…

Stenberg and Eva-Maria Zimmermann deliver each piece with commendable commitment, and Judith Sherman’s sound is very fine… © 2013 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Jed Distler, September 2012

This disc’s title, “Scenes from a New Music Séance”, refers to a short series of daylong concerts presented in San Francisco by Other Minds that juxtaposed works by deceased pioneering new-music icons and their artistic offspring. Not only does this splendid mixed program by the violin/piano duo of Kate Stenberg and Eva-Maria Zimmermann reflect the series’ inclusive spirit, but it also stands as an imaginatively-curated 75-minute recital in its own right. What is more, the duo’s dynamic, intensely expressive, and well-synchronized performances largely make compelling cases for the music they present.

Note the variety of attack and timbre they bring to the suspenseful sustained notes in the first part of Ronald Bruce Smith’s Tombeau. True, the droll and not very jazzy “Jazz” movement in Josef Hauer’s Five Pieces for Violin and Piano gets slightly slower and heavier as it progresses, but the folksong-like “Ballade” from Henry Cowell’s 1945 Sonata is appreciably conversational. Ruth Crawford’s four-movement 1925-26 Violin Sonata sounds fresher than ever with its combination of expressionistic rigor, textural transparency, and skillful deployment of registers between instruments. The duo’s pinpointed accuracy and concentration conveys a stark, sometimes austere impression that differs from the more playful Continuum interpretation on Naxos, yet proves equally convincing.

…Nonette by Amy X Neuberg is a delightful, lighthearted, and harmonically stimulating romp involving multitracked solo violin repeated notes, both arco and pizzicato. The work is complex yet easy to grasp. Excellent sonics and annotations make this stimulating release all the more appealing. © 2012 Read complete review

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