Michael Green,
ARTSMART Art News from Kwazulu-Natal
Durban, April 10, 2013


".....As one would expect, they are both highly accomplished artists with a close musical rapport, and they gave much pleasure to the Friends of Music audience when they played at the Durban Jewish Centre.

.... Divertimento in D (“an amusement”) by Joseph Haydn.... This delightful set of pieces showed immediately the quality of the players, a lovely rounded tone from Yvonne Timoianu’s cello (which was made in Milan in 1721) and deft and subtle playing by Alexander Preda at the piano.

The next item was a complete contrast, a piece for solo cello called Karamahe, by the Austrian composer Klaus Ager,..... designed to show the capabilities of the instrument,...

Then came Schubert, represented by arrangements by Yvonne Timoianu of items from the great composer’s melancholy and rather cheerless set of songs called Winterreise, Winter Journey. Here again the playing was excellent, the pianist very effective and sympathetic, the cellist sometimes altering her tone skillfully to fit the mood of the music...."