A perfectly transparent recording of a perfectly adequate performance of perfectly delightful works, there is no particularly compelling reason to listen to this disc. This is not to say that the pieces are not perfectly delightful. Mozart's sonatas for piano and violin are elegant works with all the charm of tonic water and only slightly more emotional content. This is not to say that the recording is not perfectly transparent. Camerata has been making clear recordings since the invention of digital sound and its crystalline sound is at its best in chamber music. This is to say that violinist Werner Hink is a tasteful player with a more than adequate technique but a less than adequate interpretive profile, that pianist Keiko Toyama is a fine player with just enough technique and not enough interpretive abilities, and that together they play supremely musically but also supremely forgettable. Try the Grumiaux or the Szeryng recordings for truly memorable performances in nearly perfect sound of perfectly delightful works.
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AllMusic Review by James Leonard
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