Music Web International 10.01.2012
The Daily Telegraph **** 23.07.2011
Dutch 20th - century violin sonatas might be a niche area, but when an artist of Philippe Graffin's calibre espouses them you tend to sit up and take notice. Willem Pijper offers a unique slant on French Impressionism in two sonatas for violin and piano while Rudolf Escher looks back to Ravel and voices personal anguish triggered by the Second World War. Shorter pieces by Alexander Voormolen and Ton de Leeuw also repay a listen.
Classical Music Magazine July 2011
polished performances make for rewarding listening'
The Sunday Times 12.06.2011
Holland's lack of a 'great composer' when it has achieved such distinction in other fields - the Concertgebouw orchestra is arguably the world's best - remains tantilising.
This fine disc of 20th - century Dutch violin music...by Pijper, Rudolph Escher, Alexander Voormolen and Ton de Leeuw set one thinking. Memorable are such moments as when the concluding scherzando of Pijper's Sonata No.1 transforms into a haunting adagio..