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Released in August 2001, The Complete Works for Violin by Robert Casadesus contains previously unrecorded material including Sonatas No. 1 and 2 for violin and piano, as well as the Hommage à Chausson for violin and piano. The disc was recorded in Beall Hall at the University of Oregon in March of 2000. The disc also contains an unpublished work for two violins by Casadesus performed by Fritz Gearhart and Kathryn Lucktenberg.
"First of all, this is a very beautifully recorded disc, Gearhart, with his creamy-sounding violin tone, seeming right in your listening room. Violinist Fritz Gearhart...plays with solid technique and incisive interpretive ability throughout. He is partnered by the quite able John Owings on piano."
Classical Net Review, April 4, 2002
"Gearhart and Owings have been performing together since 1989. On the basis of what I am hearing here, violinist Fritz Gearhart is a treasure whose value the wider public has yet to discover. His clear, communicative tone conveys Casadesus's shades of light and darkness, and his temperament doesn't shortchange the music's emotions...John Owings plays brightly and is up to the technical challenges that Casadesus set. Together, Gearhart and Owings have a true musical partnership. One needs no lesswhen playing the violin works of a master pianist!...this CD, so musically satisfying, is an audiophile treat as well. This gets an enthusiastic "thumbs up" from me.""
Fanfare, January/February 2002
"Fritz Gearhart's warm, almost viola-like sonority, rock-solid technical prowess, and unquestionable sympathy for these scores is seconded by John Owings' supple and authoritative piano work...Violin fans looking to explore the instrument's lesser-known repertoire will do well acquiring this beautifully engineered release. Artistic Quality=10, Sound Quality=10."
Classics Today, October, 2001
"Violinist Fritz Gearhart...plays with lovely tone and lots of pizzazz, ably partnered in the very demanding piano parts by John Owings. Koch's sonic are bright, clear, and realistic...[the music] is beautifully made (particularly in these excellent performances) very enjoyable indeed."
American Record Guide, November/December, 2001