In praise of the sonatina: Fenella Humphreys’ new disc receives critical acclaim

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Fenella Humphreys’ new disc of violin sonatinas, ‘So Many Stars’, has been received fantastic reviews since its release earlier this month. Released with Stone Records, the disc features a collection of 20th and 21st century gems with pianist Nicola Eimer, from composers including Francaix, Schubert, Sibelius, Gershwin and Ravel, as well as the world premiere recording of a new sonatina by Cheryl Frances-Hoad.

The Strad:
“Fenella Humphreys employs her customary imaginative flair and luminous palette of tone colours… the recorded sound combines warmth and immediacy with all the intimacy of a live performance, revealing Humphreys and Eimer at their stellar best.” RECOMMENDED RECORDING

The Guardian:
“Berkeley’s Sonatina is a mere 37 bars in length and yet contains a whole universe of emotion, brilliantly captured by the violinist Fenella Humphreys and pianist Nicola Eimer in a hugely rewarding new recording.”

BBC Music Magazine:
“A winning duo performance by Humphreys and Eimer and a fine recording to boot.”

The disc also received five stars from Robert Matthew-Walker in Classical Source, and has been described as ‘superb’ by John France in MusicWeb International.

Fenella and Nicola will perform repertoire from the disc at Eaton Square Concerts in London on Thursday 25th April.

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