Gramophone Magazine July 2013 Editor's Choice
Young virtuoso Chloë Hanslip and York Bowen specialist Danny Driver present Bowen’s complete works for violin and piano. Many of these works have never been recorded or indeed published before, and have been excavated from the archives by Driver himself. This double album is therefore a valuable resource for admirers of a composer whom Hyperion has done so much to champion through recordings. This body of work includes juvenilia, miniatures (written with an eye to academic performance during Bowen’s years as a professor at the Royal Academy of Music, but all impressive enough in quality to be concert works), his two Violin Sonatas, a Suite and a number of single-movement works. All show a superb composer of chamber music, a genuine original with a performer’s ear.
one idiomatic opportunity after another is seized on by Chloë Hanslip with panache, poise, and laser-like accuracy...My only reservation about these excellent performances concerns Danny Driver's accompaniments: superbly fluent and supportive, they're also perhaps a touch more self-effacing than they need to be. BBC ****
there's a wholly infectious conviction, spontaneity and panache about these superbly accomplished performances that lend them special distinction. Chloe Hanslip plays with the most enviably sweet and subtly variegated tone...[Driver's] irreproachably eager and stylish pianism is a joy to encounter. Gramophone
Violinist and pianist on this set do these minor pieces ideally, and full marks to Chloe Hanslip and Danny Drive for neither milking them sentimentally nor condescending to their simplicity by over-exaggeration. Int. Record Review
[Hanslip's] playing reminds me of some of the finest and most individual players of the past. There is an elegance and gallantry to her phrasing that cannot be taught or practiced – it's just there...In her performing colleague Danny Driver she has the ideal co-creator of musical magic...this is a superlative pair of discs. Bowen might not be a genius, but if ever a pair of performers were going to persuade me otherwise, this would be the team. MusicWeb