Stankov Ensemble · Mendelssohn CD Reviews
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'Exceptionally beautiful music, sparklingly performed, sumptuously recorded, with a very insightful essay thrown in for good measure.'
Gerald Fenech, Classical Music Daily, February 2020
'...superb playing of both orchestra and soloists...'
'...Readers who have not yet encountered the works of the young Felix Mendelssohn, should lend an ear to this recording, and those who already have a recording of the double concerto, which probably is the original version with string accompaniment, will be surprised by the heft and exuberance of the full orchestra variant. With a full-toned, well-balanced recording and inspired music making this is a disc to treasure...'
Göran Forsling, MusicWeb International, February 2020
'...an exhilarating experience, a ‘broad canvassing’ of articulation by the Stankov brothers...immaculate to the tee! This is where Mendelssohn’s construct fluidly enables violin and piano to marriage with nonpareil..'.
'... Listening to the exercise between these two soloists is like a surgical dissection which slices away with impeccable scrutiny: each note can easily be heard, separated, delineated, and nicely placed upon the ear. That is the gift this CD emits...'
'...The fluidity tussles, engages, releases and re-groups to give a pleasance of genteel glamour and absolute formality...'
'...These two œuvres are true virtuosic gems, and Meridian Records has captured the soul and heart of Felix Mendelssohn in a vibrant musical re-landscaping. A strong “thumbs up” to the Stankov brothers...'
Christie Grimstad, ConcertoNet, January 2020
'...the two soloists bring a great deal of Romantic bravura to their rhapsodic opening entry, and throughout they impress with the way their performances interlink and dove-tail.'
'...what makes the whole concerto work is the sense that Ivo and Lachezar are really enjoying themselves...'
'...The quality of the music making is high, and this is a delightful way to discover some of Mendelssohn's other concertos...'
'...there is much to enjoy on this disc, which gives us a chance to explore Mendelssohn's concertos and to hear the Double Concerto performed in its revised version by a fine established duo...'
Robert Hugill, Planet Hugil, January 2020