“Dubin has conjured an informative listener’s journey into Franchomme, and the Project seems to sing with this celebration. The album includes works for solo cello and piano (with Andrea Lam and Hélène Jeanney accompanying), for two cellos, and for four cellos, when cellists Julia Bruskin, Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir, Katherine Cherbas unite with Dubin in various iterations. The cello quartet works, in particular, and vibrates with robust, beautiful layers of sound.
In the album notes, Dubin champions Franchomme as an innovator. His intimate relationship with Chopin, famously his pal and collaborator, is especially foregrounded here, with five Chopin works included, arranged by Franchomme. In Chopin’s Introduction et polonaise brillante, Franchomme revised the cello part “to make it more brilliant,” Dubin writes, and indeed, her performance unfolds with radiant energy.”