One of SIX Recordings of the Year!  Picked by Ian Lace,

from Music Web International

"Their recitals of French repertoire are always warmly received." The Duo's producer, Siva Oke, has written that this recording is "a stunning new collection of French violin sonatas. This debut album by The Carlock-Combet Duo is a dazzling disk of sonatas by three great French composers ... and their performance on this disc brings added depth to the much-loved Franck Violin Sonata as well as brilliance and freshness to the Sonatas by Poulenc and Saint-Saëns."

The Carlock-Combet Duo, formed five years ago, have continued to delight audiences throughout the Philadelphia Metropolitan and Delaware Valley areas with their exciting and insightful performances of the great repertoire for violin and piano.  ‘A program of French works will highlight the beauty and musicality evident when Guillaume Combet, violin, and Sandra Carlock, piano, join together.’  (John Sall, Music at Abington). 

This Recording Is Dedicated To Guillaume’s Parents,

Gérard and Claudette Combet.

© Sandra Carlock Photography

..."Two new discs from Somm and Chandos respectively, place Cesar Franck’s Violin Sonata in A Major centre-stage. Somm’s performers are Guillaume Combet (violin) and the American pianist (Oberlin Conservatory – Juilliard School) Sandra Carlock.


The four movement sonata – with its popular, instantly  recognisable allegretto finale – is played with love and care, {Somm's} performers finding all its late-romantic-era lyrical solitude and wistful tenderness. You are transported to the Belgian or French countryside, with an autumnal atmosphere, but without descending into melancholia. Franck’s sonata never wallows, but is full of shade, colour and purpose – the music telling a clear story, infused (as is Dvorak’s music) with that “conversational” touch and instant contact with the listener.

The Chandos label’s version of the Franck Sonata is performed by Tasmin Little and Piers Lane, and it is not possible to come down in favour of one version versus another ... Somm’s Guillaume Combet offers us an equally beautiful sound [as compared to Ms. Little's], but one sensed more of the “chamber” spirit – a more marked “vintage” in his rendition – so it is this version which one might turn to if a greater introspection is being sought. All in all, two equally brilliant CDs."

Stuart Millson, Classical Music Editor, 
Quarterly Review, May 2017



"An imaginative and intelligent program this, all three works performed with style, panache and polish."

..."The adorable, memorable melodies that form the opening and closing movements of the deservedly popular Franck Sonata are lovingly articulated and shaped by the Carlock-Combet Duo...

...the closing Allegro molto (of the Saint-Saëns Sonata) rushes headlong with sparkling virtuosity towards a glowing, majestic conclusion." 


Chapel at Sunset on the Amalfi Coast, Italy

Ian Lace, June 2017