Performance **** Recording ****
"... the Elgar and Debussy in particular give plenty of evidence that she [Waley-Cohen] and her equally impressive partner, Huw Watkins, have thought about these works... the recordings serve both players - individually and as a duo - very well."
Stephen Johnson - BBC Music magazine - August 2014
"... Waley-Cohen plays with an obvious love of the music, most sympathetically accompanied by Watkins. Fine sound, with an excellent sense of prescence and clean separation."
Edward Greenfield - Gramophone magazine - July 2014
"It’s their year of composition, 1917, that links the four works for violin and piano in Tamsin Waley-Cohen and Huw Watkin’s collection ... Each disc has a sharply contrasted pair of works. Sibelius’s Five Pieces ... charming and expertly written for what was his own instrument .. which are followed by Respighi’s expansive sonata, full of rhapsodic violin lines and grandly rhetorical piano writing. Waley-Cohen and Watkins relish all that, but they seem more at home in the Debussy and Elgar works. The former is given a wonderfully subtle, introspective and touching performance; the latter is by turns typically bluff and elegiac, leaving just enough room for doubt in the optimism of its finale." ****
Andrew Cohen - The Guardian - 13 June 2014
Young Artist to Watch "Great playing from the very talented Tamsin Waley-Cogen. This really highlights the talent of the next generation of virtuosi."
David Mellor - Classic FM
A very enjoyable recording, Waley-Cohen and Watkins form a splendid duo who give top-notch performances of these works particularly Elgar's masterpiece. Beautifully recorded sound with amazing realism.