Reminiscent of Puccini or the later works of Saint-SaŽns, three late Romantic sonatas of this early-20th-century Swiss composer are performed in a wonderfully sonorous, vivid, and flowing manner by Simone Zgraggen and Ulrich Koella. With years of concert experience together, they are two of Switzerland's leading chamber musicians. As a lagniappe, the duo also performs Schoek's lyrical Albumblatt, which reflects his unrequited passion for Hungarian violinist Stefi Geyer.
"The violin is after all one of the classic singers of the orchestra. And sing is what it doesÖ. The Op. 16 sonata's singingly poignant Mendelssohnian soul is touched with a dancing Tchaikovskian sensibility."óMusicweb International