Notes & Reviews:
American Record Guide, September / October 2012
Both the Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich get perceptive, dramatic and lusciously blended performances here. The balance between instruments works beautifully (it often doesn't in Rachmaninoff recordings) and one hears the lines in both instruments with great clarity, partly because the players love every note of the music and make sure the listener understands why. And they bring out both the madness and the contrasting beauty in the Shostakovich to great effect. This one is well worth whatever they are charging for it. The liner notes tell us only about the relations between the two players and the history of the recording session (also worth the price of admission). A bio of Johnson was sent along as well. But these pieces and composers hardly need explanation for most listeners.