Straddling the fine line between so-called classical music and jazz is an award-winning duo on their new GENUIN CD. Violinist Matthias Well and pianist Lilian Akopova present syncopated, blue note-soaked sounds by Astor Piazzolla, Maurice Ravel, and George Gershwin, as well as two spectacular pieces of recent date: Alexander Rosenblatt's virtuosic Carmen Fantasy and Vladislav Cojocaru's at first melancholy, later groovy Kaleidoscope. Dedicated to Akopova and Well, it is recorded here for the first time. A CD full of creativity and color, perfect for fighting the autumn blues!
On November 2, Matthias Well and Lilian Akopova were guests on NDR Kultur à la carte EXTRA from 7 to 8 p.m. and presented Jazzissimo in a live studio concert.
Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung
"Rousing: it's certainly one of the most entertaining and vital chamber music albums of the season that German violinist Matthias Well and the Ukrainian pianist have put together under the title Jazzissimo."
Review in WAZ, October 7, 2022