_A remarkable, expressive, emotive CD that takes the listener on a true journey of sound…All of the playing is inspirational, combining rich, gorgeous, colorful tone quality with impeccable phrasing, technique, and ensemble playing… Moliner and Ruhstrat play with such close ensemble that they might as well be one person…This album is a perfect medium for appreciating Moliner’s exquisite playing. Her control, her impeccable intonation, and her ability to blend seamlessly with subtle changes of tone color are second only to her expressive artistry. Every moment of the CD is entertaining, moving, and impressive! Read full review
The Flute Quarterly, US
_The two musicians perform seamlessly together, firing our imaginations with exotic new sounds...extraordinary artistry of flutist Eugenia Moliner, who is technically and musically the most extraordinary flutist I have ever heard...the incredible musical gifts of Azabagic...
The Cavatina Duo did nothing but astonish and delight....read full review.
Herald Tribune, Sarasota, FL
"...Lovely Playing, Relentlessly Mellifluous...and Exceedingly Pleasant..."
"...this pair is generally considered to be the best of them [flute-and-guitar duos].
The New Yorker Magazine
"Flutist Eugenia Moliner and guitarist Denis Azabagic are both phenomenal performers. They make the difficult sound effortless...
Eugenia Moliner performs with a pure, well-rounded tone, even at the extremes of the instrument’s register. Her runs and trills are seamless, and she brings a singing quality and expressiveness to these melodies that (given their origin) is quite appropriate.
Denis Azabagic’s playing is quite agile and clean; the essence of classical guitar technique. I especially enjoyed his performance in “The Carnival of Venice.” As a duo, this husband and wife team is perfectly in sync"
WTJU Richmond, US
"Spanish flutist Eugenia Moliner and her Bosnian husband, guitarist Denis Azabagic, are consummate virtuosos not merely in their peerless technique but in sheer musicianship..."
" This duo’s liquid, dramatic, and highly expressive sensitivities soar with lyricism and infectious rhythms as they tour the constantly changing moods of this opera’s arias..."
"Moliner not only matches Joan Sutherland’s peerless full-voiced lyricism in the Verdi but is able to do things with her flute that a soprano can only dream of. And Azabagic is her Richard Bonynge, so expressive, integral, and orchestral in his guitar..."
American Record Guide, US
"If there is a finer flute and guitar duo in the world than Cavatina Duo, I have not heard them. Denis Azabagic and (his wife) flutist Eugenia Moliner are both world class virtuosi and brilliant musical interpreters. And on their delightful disc of operatic arrangements they are immeasurably aided in most of the works by the inspired and creative work of composer and arranger Alan Thomas.
..Powerful performances... irresistible..."
"...Electrifying performances from the Cavatina Duo...will leave listeners feeling lighter than air. A delight"
Scene Magazine, UK
The performance was equal parts intensity and grace – often taking sharp turns in a roller-coaster ride of emotions. Cavatina Duo has Chamber music aplomb. These musicians clearly grappled with the emotional and intellectual challenges of the music on its own terms...Through Azabagic maintained the audience with a magnetic concentration and Moliner, too, had ample opportunity to flaunt her virtuosity.
The Austin Chronicle
With utterly breathtaking brilliance and a confidence that lets them take calculated risks in stride, the Cavatina Duo take us on an enchanted itinerary through some of the most luxuriant music of 19th century opera.
Phil’s Classical Reviews
"Eugenia Moliner is an excellent, exciting and imaginative flute player, totally in control of the sometimes ferocious technical demands of the scores and Denis Azabagic plays with both great virtuosity and sensitivity."
British Flute Society Magazine
"The playing is spectacular. Flutist Eugenia Moliner is yet another highly skilled flutist that I have never heard before, and now I want to hear more...Moliner has polished technique and a beautiful sparkling tone that is perfect for this music. Guitarist Denis Azabagic is an equal partner. I am always in awe of great guitarists who can play with impeccable intonation, beautiful phrasing, and flawless technique. Azabagic certainly fits that rare category."
American Record Guide
"What a fun, thoroughly magnificent recording!
The Cavatina Duo performs in a captivating manner, with nuance, Latin sensibilities, and expressiveness that is out of the ordinary. The works included a version of the Tango-Etudes for flute and guitar...not to be missed.
Moliner is a fantastic flutist. Every note she plays is part of the story. She weaves a line with colors, vibrato use or the lack thereof, and a sensuality that is exactly what this music requires. The ensemble between her and guitarist Denis Azabagic is tight - they play as one.
I can't recommend this recording highly enough. It is a masterclass in musicality from track 1 through track 15"
Flute Talk Magazine
"Style, sympathy, and technical aplomb... it's doubtful that the Cavatina's sophisticated and artistic playing could be surpassed...There’s more potential in the union of flute and guitar than is commonly realized, and this CD provides an incentive to investigate additional repertoire. Cavatina has inspired and commissioned new music of this type and I, for one, look forward to hearing it as soon as possible. Warmly recommended."
"Denis Azabagic and Eugenia Moliner are excellent instrumentalists and sensitive musicians. Their playing is clean and expressive."
"Cavatina Duo worked a kind of magic with their instruments. The atmosphere created by the music quite overshadowed the notes themselves. When they played Takemitsu, for a brief moment, without stage sets, costumes or lights, we were by the sea; it was night. The Cavatina played ‘Histoire du tango,’ tracing that seductive dance from its origins in the bordello all the way through to its now very respectable place on the concert stage. In between there were plenty of bright and tuneful jazz melodies, executed deftly back and forth between the two artists. The collaborative powers of this couple are extraordinary."
Mundelein Review, Sun-Times News Chicago
"Cavatina Duo exhibited charm, passion as well as superb technique. Both Moliner and Azabagic retain their own voices, though they seem to inhabit the music. The resulting performance is a welcoming counterpoint of two distinct, complementary personalities and their ability to fade in and out of nowhere was entrancing."
The Columbus Dispatch
"The interplay between Moliner’s flute and Azabagic’s guitar is impressive."
Music Web international
"These mates share unerring technical skill and an understanding of the emotional intentions in the music—not to mention an X factor of duo synchronicity."
Santa Barbara Independent
"An evening of music that was varied, entertaining and performed with exceptional virtuosity and panache. Moliner's flute complimented Azabagic's efforts—the sort of near perfect plunking we have come to expect from the world-class artists the Society consistently brings—beautifully."
Fort Worth Star Telegram
"A Perfect Meeting of Minds...Bravissimo...a deeply worked-out blending of sound, reciprocity of phrasing, and songlike naturalness in musical dialogue. "
"Ms. Moliner is the perfect foil for Azabagic's flawless technique: She is as formidable a player as he is—no small compliment—and her vivacious stage presence is icing on the cake. What a treat!"
"Their Piazzolla performance is vibrant and colorful, demonstrating their quality with its well-judged phrasing and rhythmic emphasis. Excellent technical control and convincing intensity that creates a haunting atmosphere. Highly recommended!"
Classical Guitar Magazine
"The Cavatina Duo, Eugenia Moliner and Denis Azabagic, take to the Piazzolla pieces with sensual sounds and an earthy musical understanding of the genre. They play with warm, resonant sounds. Their sometimes playful, sometimes soulful approach to the tangos is just what the pieces need...This pair serves up a rich selection of flute and guitar repertoire with a hand-in-glove style of playing."
American Record Guide
"Once in a while a disc arrives for review that is so stunning I want only to tell people to go and buy it. This is one such disc...This wonderful disc has scarcely been out of my CD player since it arrived. The energy levels behind this playing are breathtaking, the ensemble playing is superb and the program is fascinating...Moliner is an artist of the highest caliber...Denis Azabagic is one of the best guitarists I have heard."
British Flute Society Magazine
Cavatina Duo, their instruments, Flute and Guitar,...Their talent, limitless. A triumph.
Moliner and Azabagic performed a wonderful recital through their unique interpretation and repertoire.
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