Paul Driver
The Sunday Times
August 2015

This juxtaposition of composers who, though near contemporaries, seem rather far apart stylistically is curiously compelling. After the dramatic and sumptuous intensities of Szymanowski's D minor Sonata, Op 9, Hahn's Romance in A follows like an emotional mood-cleanser—all is now lightness and wistfulness. That there's an underlying unity of seriousness is shown by the third deeply touching Modéré movement of Hahn's C major Sonata. His Nocturne in E flat leads back to Szymanowski and his Nocturne and Tarantella, Op 28. Waley-Cohen's playing is radiant and soaring, and Watkins's pianism a model, as always, of sensitivity.