SCHUBERT FOR TWO Shaham Söllscher 4715682

Gil Shaham and Göran Söllscher: . . . rarely have I seen duo partners more suited to each other either technically or temperamentally.

One would have to look long and hard to find two more compatible musicians of any

As to the performances, Shaham and Söllscher prove ideal partners . . . Both performers understand this, with Shaham modifying his tone to suit the modes dynamic range of the guitar and Söllscher avoiding the temptation to overplay. Everything is finely nuanced and textured. The performance of the more emotionally expansive Arpeggione Sonata, in particular, is astonishing in the wealth of orchestral colours it suggests. All in all, a subtle and attractive release, ideal for concentrated listening or as an unobtrusive accompaniment to polite social gatherings.

Söllscher makes his instrument sing as effortlessly as Shaham's violin . . . The assorted dances and song transcriptions which make up the rest of the collection are all a delight in their sensitive rubato and phrasing -- the famous Serenade and Ave Maria comes across especially well -- and Söllscher has his moment of solo glory in three short dances.

. . . Shaham and Söllscher play . . . with technical ease and the most appealing spontaneity.

. . . the Arpeggione Sonata, certainly the most substantial work on the disc, is remarkably effective . . . it works best of all in the dances, with Shaham and Söllscher highlighting the rhythmic and melodic qualities to perfection while maintaining a lightness of touch and elegance of conception perfectly in keeping with the Viennese flavour. The small group of dances performed solo by Söllscher is perfectly placed, its impact magnified by being read against the absent sound of the violin; Waltz No. 2 from the D365 set will for many guitarists recall Francisco Tárrega's music. The recording is beautifully detailed, allowing the natural timbre of each instrument to speak for itself. Exquisitely subtle, sometimes even ghostly, the numerous delights of this disc will prove to be more permanent than fugitive.