Tony Way
The Age 'Green Guide' (Australia)

Young Australian violinist Kristian Winther clearly revels in the exotic exuberance of Ravel’s violin music. His Tzigane has the appropriate devil-may-care attitude that evokes the earthy gypsy style. By contrast, the opening of the Violin Sonata with its lyrical sophistication, shows the artist commands a broad palette of tone colour. This palette is also used to great effect in the varied styles of Ravel’s writing, from the bluesy central movement of the sonata to its moto perpetuo conclusion. Winther’s winning cantabile is beguiling in Ravel’s own transcriptions of three popular vocal works: the Habanera, and the Deux melodies hebraiques. In all this he is more than ably supported by Anthony Romaniuk who offers sensitive support on every level, especially in undergirding rhythms and in matching timbre. The numerous technical challenges the music throws at Winther never intrude upon an utterly musical delivery. Even more exposed is the Sonata for Violin and Cello. Well partnered by cellist Michelle Wood , Winther draws us into the centre of this colourful and beautiful score. Melba’s customary plush presentation and SACD engineering are added incentives to support these young Australian artists.