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“…the extremely musical playing of Jonathan Cohler and Rasa Vitkauskaite, makes for a very engrossing hour...excellent program notes (credited to both performers)...it would be hard to imagine [a recording of the Guastavino Sonata] more lovely...After performing together for many years Cohler and Vitkauskaite, have formed a deep personal relationship with much of the music on this disc. Invitación al Danzón offers a perfect example...Cohler and Vitkauskaite bring together all the musical qualities that make this release such an outstanding success: technical polish, warmth, supple lyricism, and vibrant rhythmic snap. Above all, one senses that they are performing these works because they love them. Very natural, well-balanced recorded sound rounds out the disc.
Five stars: A delightful collection of music for clarinet and piano by Latin composers”
   Henry Fogel, Fanfare

“…definitive interpretations…The success of the collaboration of these two world-class artists is unquestionable and on vivid display throughout this CD...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

“[Cohler] plays with a light touch and great sensitivity, as well as a formidable technical control that never descends into simple flashiness… [Vitkauskaite] 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...expressive and colorful with prodigious technique. [Their] 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 [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

 
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