...Fenella Humphreys employs her customary imaginative flair and luminous palette of tone colours to tease the beauty out of a set of pieces that are compact in scale but not in ambition...Humphreys and Eimer at their stellar best...
Catherine Nelson - Recommended Recording - The Strad Magazine
So Many Stars, Stone Records
Full Review

...Humphreys's utter absorption and delight in all three shines forth at every turn...strong-toned, easy fluidity and immaculate technique.   Both volumes will be making frequent returns to my stereo...
Charlotte Gardner - Editor's Choice - Gramophone Magazine
Bach to the Future Volume 2

Full Review

...impressive, both in the quality of the playing and the variety of music.....strong, focused playing.....she yields nothing to the finest recordings in her accuracy and passion......immaculately delivered...
Martin Cotton - Five Stars and Instrumental Choice CD - BBC Music Magazine
Bach to the Future Volume Two

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For all the powerhouse virtuosity of its solo part, Sibelius's Violin Concerto also has a brooding streak that isn’t at all typical of the genre, and it takes an unusually fine artist to be able to bridge the two extremes. Fenella Humphreys’s playing is a genuine revelation in the way it brings out the music’s dark and introspective qualities, with no shortage of technical panache meanwhile....Humphreys offers searching and beautifully focused lyrical expression, laser-like accuracy of tuning (in the double-stopped passages remarkably so), plus the wonderful tawny-brown sonority of her choice of Guarneri  violin with its gorgeous lower register. Every shade of the six Humoresques’ brand of whimsical invention, too, is deftly captured, with quality orchestral playing to match.
Malcolm Hayes - BBC Music Magazine
Sibelius Violin Concerto etc.

...rich and varied tone.   She shapes the music with skill, and sometimes with humour......her double-stops are impeccable, and there is complete confidence in the rapid changes of character......an enjoyable and accomplished CD.
Martin Cotton - Five Stars and Instrumental Choice CD - BBC Music Magazine
Bach to the Future Volume One


Having heard Fenella Humphreys play solo violin recently in Orkney, it's wonderful to hear that experience, albeit with different repertoire, transferred to disc in this radiant recording......golden precision and effortless virtuosity...
Ken Walton - Five Stars - The Scotsman
​Bach to the Future Volume One


...hugely rewarding...each played with intense commitment by these two outstanding players, their love for this music evident in every bar...
Stephen Pritchard - The Observer
So Many Stars, Stone Records

Full Review

...an absolutely exquisite album... there's a lightness and quicksilver quality...both players have this featherlike quality - they treat the music with incredible tenderness and they know how to get a small, tender sound that still projects and still is capable of capturing our attention...The sound of the recording is beautiful too...
Sarah Walker and Andrew McGregor - BBC Radio 3 Record Review
So Many Stars, Stone Records


...[Humphreys'] performance of the Bach is among the finest on record...
American Record Guide
Bach to the Future Volume One

....Violinist Fenella Humphreys responds to its elegiac reflection and technical display at top flight level, offering emotional depth and weight of tone....
Orchestral Choice CD, Five Star Review (both for performance and recording quality)
Malcolm Hayes, BBC Music Magazine

Recording of the Wright Concerto with Martin Yates and RSNO for Dutton Epoch

Fenella Humphreys captures the music's wistful cantabile to perfection, producing a golden tone in all registers with the utmost sensitivity to where every phrase is moving.   Her violin entwines with the glowing textures of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under the expert guidance of Martin Yates to alluring effect...... An outstanding release.
Julian Haylock, The Strad Magazine
Recording of the Wright Concerto with Martin Yates and RSNO for Dutton Epoch

...Fenella Humphreys's performance is a wonder...
William Hedley, International Record Review
Recording of the Wright Concerto with Martin Yates and RSNO for Dutton Epoch


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