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“…definitive interpretations…The success of the collaboration of these two world-class artists is unquestionable and on vivid display throughout this CD. The duo's performances achieve an ideal blend of elegance, delicacy, and joie de vivre. The listener is struck by the easy virtuosity and inherent musicality of every performance, and by the sensitivity and subtlety of Cohler and Vitkauskaite's ensemble work…flawless performances…dazzling…sensitivity and grace…sparkling…a CD worthy of any collection.”
   The Clarinet Magazine

“Best of the Year” Classical CDs 2008
   
—Classical 94.5/WNED, Buffalo/Toronto, Peter Hall

“His performance here makes the strongest case I have ever heard for the piece [Saint-Saëns Sonata]; as he does throughout the recital, he plays with a light touch and great sensitivity, as well as a formidable technical control that never descends into simple flashiness…Ms. Vitkauskaite displays a musical mentality that belies her youth; she is never a mere “accompanist,” but a true collaborator, making even the contest pieces sound like miniature chamber works. She and Cohler sound as though they’ve been playing together for years…Cohler’s is among the loveliest clarinet sounds I’ve ever heard; unmistakably reminiscent of Harold Wright’s unique tone but perhaps a bit more solid, it is incredibly vibrant and focused…Cohler dispatches the most fearsome passages with a transcendent technique and beautiful tone control. This is required listening for anyone interested in the clarinet!”
   —Fanfare

“The collaboration is excellent. Cohler’s is everything French woodwind playing should be—expressive and colorful with prodigious technique. His risks pay off too; his soft playing is sometimes barely audible, bit it’s still there; and his blazing tempos in 16th-note passages sound clean and effortless...Vitkauskaite makes the most of them [the piano parts] with subtle musicianship and exceptional skill…Cohler and Vitkauskaite’s commitment to each work makes this recording not only a great model for younger players, but an enjoyable disc to pop in at home.”
   —American Record Guide

“Playing this lovely should appeal to any music lover…Jonathan Cohler appears to have it all: technique, a lovely sound which he can vary, a natural sense of phrase-shaping, and a lively imagination …I am familiar with recordings by Harold Wright, Richard Stoltzman, Karl Leister, Sabine Meyer, and Gervase de Peyer, and it is high praise that Cohler’s can stand up to any of them…played with brilliance and affection, beautifully recorded…Recommended with genuine enthusiasm.”
Henry Fogel

 
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