INFINITE HEARTBEAT

Duo Sol

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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 worlds.

Marcus O'Donnell originally published in the Sydney Star Observer