"The irrepressible force behind this pair of CDs, recorded in two warmly sounding Berlin locations, is cellist Konstantin Manaev, whose larger-than-life personality comes across strongly both as recitalist and chamber music partner. His adventurous choice of repertoire focuses on music written this century."
THE STRAD MAGAZINE
"Sounding stories of love.
The works evoke strong emotions, many have a considerable jazzy part, and are fulfilled powerfully and sensitively with a great deal of sensitivity and full technical commitment. Das The interaction of the musicians is perfect, the liveliness of the playback takes you by surprise."
"When times change, so do love stories. The plays by Johanna Doderer and
Gordon Hamilton are premiere recordings. The duo gives this selection the spice that allows the works to be heard immediately like real events. Both instrumentalists not only elicit the tones from their instruments in unity with their partner, but also model the expressive little stories together in a convincing way."
"For the cellist Konstantin Manaev and the pianist Danae Dörken, such border crossings are exactly the right thing to develop a huge, curiosity-driven playfulness on their new CD "Love Stories".