More French Pieces
06 January 2017
American Record Guide
This is a pretty little program. It begins seriously with the great Debussy Sonata played with passion and detail. The clarity and attention-getting accents, particularly in Staerk’s piano-playing, make this a rather individual and satisfying reading. Thomsen’s playing is also a plus, and the recording contributes to the effect. One tends to consider the four Fauré pieces as making up almost a sonata of their own, his Lullaby a fine slow movement and his Butterfly a scherzo. The two little pieces by Louis Vierne are attractive, and Saint-Saens steps in to good effect with his two lovely Romances and Swan. I somewhat miss the intensity shown in the Debussy, but it is a touching program as it stands and makes me want more from these two musicians.
American Record Guide, January/February 2017, s. 187-88