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Gramophone Magazine

There’s no whiff of stale routine, and Dumay’s customarily stylish, raptly intense showing, to say nothing of his subtly variegated tonal palette, will enthral his many admirers. Fritz Kreisler’s cadenzas are favoured – and imperiously the Frenchman delivers them, too. […]
Dumay also impresses with the baton in a live account (from September 2010 in Tokyo’s Suntory Hall) of Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony. The performance as a whole has creditable zest, punch and rhythmic acuity. […]
Brahms Sextet : Nothing is forced in a memorably intuitive rendering which is intensely appreciative of this heavenly score’s generosity of spirit, burnished glow and tumbling lyricism – perhaps nowhere more so than in the inspired theme and variations of the second movement (the delicate hush these players locate at 5’56″ takes the breath away). Spontaneity, joy and teamwork are the watchwords, as exemplified by the unfettered exuberance of the Scherzo’s bounding Trio section.
Onyx’s consistently superior production values, the handsome, cloth-bound presentation and excellent notes by Jeremy Nicholas bolster the appeal of this enticing package, whose two discs retail for the price of one.

 Gramophone Magazine, Andrew Achenbach, June 2015

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BRAHMS Sonatas « It’s a disc to treasure » (The Guardian)

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Cover_Brahms_Dumay_LortieThese performances are not about flashy violin playing or the sparring of an ego-clashing partnership: they are simply fine, considered accounts of three great violin sonatas that seem more impressive with each listen.Augustin Dumay’s opening to the G major Sonata Op 78 is rather slithery, with lots of portamento, but that turns out to be just the way he hears those first phrases, and typical of his willingness to focus every colour and inflection in his repertoire on articulating these works. Those colours are strikingly effective: from the almost viola-like richness with which Dumay invests the main theme of the finale of the A major Sonata Op 100, to the hushed intensity and the silvery half-tone that he brings to the slow movement of the D minor Op 108. And in Louis Lortie he has a partner who is both wonderfully attentive and full of imaginative ideas in his own right; it’s a disc to treasure.

The Guardian, Andrew Clements, Jan. 2014

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May-June 2015: Augustin Dumay Tours Europe with Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra

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KPOFrom May 29-June 4, Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra will tour Europe for the first time, under the baton of its Music Director Augustin Dumay. They will visit Germany (Tonhalle Düsseldorf and Mozartfest Würzburg), Switzerland (Fondation Gianadda) and Italy (Brescia and Bergamo Festivals).

- 29 May, 20h: Switzerland, Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Martigny
- 30 May, 20h: Germany, Tonhalle Düsseldorf
- 1 June, 21h: Italy, Teatro Donizetti, Bergamo (Festival Pianistico
Internazionale di Brescia e Bergamo)
- 2 June, 20h45: Italy, Teatro Grande, Brescia (Festival Pianistico
Internazionale di Brescia e Bergamo)
- 4 June, 20h: Germany, Residenz Würzburg (Mozartfest)