Duo Sol — local girls Miki Tsunoda on violin and Caroline Almonte on piano
— has built up quite a reputation as a chamber ensemble. According to the
notes this CD is their celebration of "the love affair between the violin
and the piano and the shared heartbeat of chamber music collaborations". It
is an impressive collection of mostly early to mid-20th century music that
charts diverse national contributions. The pieces tend toward the lush and
romantic, but the album is not without its more challenging modernist moments.
These two aspects come together in the beautiful title piece by Stuart Greenbaum.
Here and with the best of the other pieces we are given more than simply
bewitching melodies — the heartbeat of the music transports to new and particular
– Marcus O'Donnell originally published in the Sydney Star Observer