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David Denton
The Strad, January 2012

The powerful opening chords set the scene for Frank Stadler’s impressively intense performance of Schumann’s Second Sonata. Perfectly capturing the wide mood swings that picture the ardent and dreamily melancholic elements of Schumann’s character, he brings a flexibility or rhythm and tempo to stamp his own view on the score. In Luis Magalhães he has a partner who keeps the urgency in tempos needed to generate the work’s vigour.

Schubert’s Fantasy often sits uneasily under the violinist’s fingers, though Stadler’s unfailingly accurate intonation makes light of the problems that such awkward writing creates. The two players take an equal share in the happiness of the score, with Magalhães’s nimble fingers dancing through the third-movement Andantino before an irresistibly lively final Presto. © 2012 The Strad

Joseph Magil
American Record Guide, November 2011

This is an excellent recital, and Frank Stadler and Luis Magalhaes are excellent musicians.

To top things off, this is the most satisfying account I have heard of Schubert’s Fantasy, his masterpiece for violin and piano. Most violinists cannot play the sustained opening without their bows trembling, but Stadler maintains a steady tone with controlled dynamics nearly all the time. This is a fiendishly difficult work as far as getting the pacing right and building sustained climaxes and transitions. I always feel nervous when I listen to it: will they make it without stumbling somewhere? Stadler and Magalhaes make it! Very good sound.

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Raymond Tuttle
Fanfare, November 2011

… this is a very enjoyable disc. Reviewing is most worthwhile when one discovers a work, a composer, or a performer. Barry Ross’s thorough booklet notes add to the enjoyment, and the engineering is honest and realistic…I’m not sure how TwoPianists and the present performers ended up there, but I am glad they did!

Mike D. Brownell, August 2011

Violinist Frank Stadler and pianist Luis Magalhães join forces on this TwoPianists Records disc for an enticingly varied program of works by three composers of a highly critical nature. The program opens with Janáček’s Violin Sonata, actually his third and final contribution to the genre but the only one that the composer did not destroy out of fears the first two were not worthy of performance. Schumann’s D minor Violin Sonata was composed immediately after the First Sonata as Schumann felt his first attempt was insufficient. Finally, Schubert’s C Major Fantasie, a piece which uncharacteristically focuses greatly on virtuosic pyrotechnics, was given a frigid reception at its premiere and remained unpublished until after the composer’s death. Stadler and Magalhães bring vibrant, exciting playing to the stage for all three works. What’s most impressive is the different characters, colors, and sensibilities that the duo presents for each different work on their program. Here is a duo that is not merely performing three varied compositions, but rather understands the different nature, historical and emotional backgrounds of all three pieces and presents them to their listeners in an enjoyable, captivating way. Both artists possess polished, refined technique that allows their effortless playing to focus on musical decisions, infusing their performances with playfulness, brooding, tempestuousness, and bravura as the need arises.

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