THE STRAD, April 2012 Music from a violin duo that is attempting to expand the repertoire with crossover
In 2009 the Twiolins, formed by the violin-playing Dingler siblings Marie-Luise and Christoph, launched the first Crossover Composition Award to add to the violin duo repertoire, and this CD is a showcase for the winning entries. As such, it doesn´t constitute a particularly balanced programme, but that isn´t the point.
The winners were chosen by the audience, which seems to have had a soft spot for pieces with motoric accompaniments and free-wheeling melodies. This was true of the first prize winner, Benedikt Brydern´s Autobahn, which also had some busy pizzicato along the way, and a false ending thrown in. Like a lot of these works it requires an (apparently) effortless virtuosity and vivid musical personality, both of which are amly supplied by the Twiolins.
They bring appropriate style to the jazzy central section of Aleksey Igudesman´s Peesh Moosh, and earthy Bartókian vitality to Hollis Taylor´s two works. Had I been the audience, Teodor Nicolau would have won with his Fairy Tale, a true duo of equals telling a splendidly spooky tale with a broad palette of colours. It is well played and well worth playing. The recorded sound is forward and vivid.
By Tim Homfray.