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PARNAS DOUBLE: Duos for Violin & Cello
"From the spellbinding first movement of the Kodaly to the finale of the Ravel, I was hypnotized by the virtuosity of the playing and the wonderful sound quality of the recording."
-- J. Warren Cahill
"The 'Parnas Double' CD […] is phenomenal. You'll be hearing great things from these two outstanding musicians in the not-so-distant future."
-- Stephen Dankner, Berkshire Advocate
"...the young players have adventuresome tastes and a meaty sound. ...there's a haunting and sustained intensity to the Ravel Sonata and a classical elegance to the Handel Passacaglia. But the heart of the record is in the opening duos by Zoltan Kodaly and Alexander Tcherepnin. Both works have a gritty intensity that's leavened by the insightful and passionate performances."
-- Joseph Dalton, Times Union
"This brand new release introduces two extraordinary young musicians, violinist Madalyn Parnas, and cellist Cicely Parnas, in brilliant performances of fascinating repertoire for violin and cello – colorful and dramatic duos which span the period of the late nineteenth to the beginning of the twenty-first century. Dan Czernecki's natural stereo microphone pickup captured the instruments and the acoustical space with accurate and very pleasing spatial placement, depth and smooth frequency response. The musical performances are dynamic, expressive and virtuosic to a high degree"
-- Acoustic Sounds, Inc.
This debut recording for duo parnas features well-known and well-loved staples of 20th Century composers, as well as some delightful discoveries. Recorded in stunning clarity for the audiophile recording label Sheffield Lab, PARNAS DOUBLE has been released as of January 24, 2008.
Sheffield Lab Catalogue No. SL10082