This disc contains works by American composers William Grant Still, Norman Dello Joio, Aaron Copland, and Henry Cowell. The enjoyable collection of works demonstrates a wide range of styles present in the 20th century. Henry Cowell's suite uses tone clusters in his neo-baroque work, while William Grant Still's work combines African-American themes in a popular romantic-jazz idiom. Dello Joio's Variations, a wonderful example of pure "americana", and Aaron Copland's exciting Duo round out the disc.
"...a duo partnership easily up to the challenge. Fritz Gearhart is a bold assertive player with plenty of variety of tone and colour and an obvious affinity for these works...convincingly done. [Still's "Mother and Child"] is beautifully controlled yet voluptuous, Gearhart sustaining long, flowing lines without ever losing their structure. The third movement demonstrates a compelling sense of rhythm. Gearhart is a powerful exponent...this disc is a welcome addition to the catalogue."
Strad, May 1997
"I hadn't heard young violinist Fritz Gearhart before, although he's been around a while on records and radio. I see (hear) I've been missing something! What sensitive, intelligent playing, illuminating and making precious four outstanding pieces for violin and piano by American composers--part of a series of CDs from Koch showcasing Americana...Gearhart's committed playing, which takes every moment of these works seriously, makes them all sound like masterpieces while your're under his spell...this is the trademark of a special artist. The album is produced by Grammy winner Michael Fine."
Bill Parker, Classical Music Preview, June 6, 1996