The Sonatas of Ernest Bloch

Vincent P. Skowronski, violin
Dana Brown, piano

Ernest Bloch: SONATA NO. 1 [1920]
Agitato - Molto quieto - Moderato

Ernest Bloch: SONATA NO. 2 [1924]
"Poème Mystique" (In one movement)

DAILY HERALD (Chicago) -- One of the 'TOP TEN BEST CDs for 2009'

TIME OUT CHICAGO, Critics choice -- One of the 'TEN BEST CLASSICAL PERFORMANCES of the YEAR' - (2009, Mia Clarke)

TIME OUT CHICAGO, VPS "Profile" -- Article appearing January 14-20, 2010


Dichotomy: Vincent P. Skowronski

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Chicago figures prominently in 2009's top 10 classical CDs

Despite the ongoing retraction of the classical recording industry (longtime American independent label Telarc ceased producing CDs last spring after three decades), it's been an artistically fulfilling year.

So, here's our annual top-10 list, with the usual reminder that these may not arbitrarily be the best of 2009's releases worldwide, but those (listed alphabetically) that provided this writer special satisfaction.

Dichotomy: The Sonatas of Ernest Bloch Vincent P. Skowronski, violin; Dana Brown, piano. Skowronski Plays! S: CR-09. Available from Skowronski Classical Recordings, 1726 Sherman Ave., No. 2, Evanston, IL 60201, or at Skowronski, the renowned Chicago-area concert artist and violin pedagogue, has been issuing performances from his concert and broadcast archives on CD for many years, and this latest addition is devoted to the music of Ernest Bloch (1880-1959). Pianist Dana Brown proves an ideal collaborator in these performances taped at the WFMT studios as part of its "Live from Studio One" series. -- Bill Gowen, Daily Herald Correspondent

Published in Daily Herald, 01/01/2010