In their first duo recording, Itzhak Perlman and Emanuel Ax release a CD of Faure’s Violin Sonata No. 1 in A Major and Strauss’ Violin Sonata in E-flat Major. The review in The Strad seems to approve of the pairings of artists and compositions.

There are a number of Romantic violin sonatas that work well together in a pairing, by dint of either their similarities or their contrasts. Those of Fauré and Strauss, however – appearing together on this first duo recording by Itzhak Perlman with Emanuel Ax – provide both.

In both performances, too, the sound production is particularly clean and luminous, steering so far clear of pushing the piano into the background as to create a balance between Perlman and Ax that is less soloist and accompanist and more balanced chamber duo. This minutely crafted performance will be one not only to value but to revisit. read more at