"La violoncelliste franco-belge Camille Thomas et la pianiste suisse Beatrice Berrut sont deux représentantes étincelantes de la nouvelle génération. L’engagement romantique qu’elles déploient dans ces œuvres de Rachmaninov, Kabalevsky et Auerbach est d’une expressivité remarquablement éloquente. Le tout est servi par une maîtrise instrumentale impressionnante et un goût musical irréprochable. Voilà un jeune duo auquel on souhaite une longue carrière !"
Musiq'3 CD of the week - Michel Debrocq

"Ces aigus lumineux, ce vaste panel de nuances et cet archet plein d'ardeur trouvent un matériau de choix dans l'imposante sonate de Rachmaninov. De ces quatres mains jaillit un torrent de passion (...) et une expressivité généreuse. Un duo très musical."

Bertrand Boissard, Diapason

"Ces deux jeunes interprètes regorgent de puissance, dans la conception musicale de leur programme et de leur interprétation comme dans les sonorités déployées sur leur instrument respectif. Elles se jettent avec une passion dévorante dans cette très belle musique où les émotions fusent à l'état brut. (...) Bonheur à l'écoute d'un disque enthousiasmant."

'Coup de coeur' of Sylviane Falcinelli

"L’occasion pour les deux interprètes de faire montre d’une belle complicité et de nous livrer une interprétation bouleversante."

Etiennes Comes, Resmusica

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"Dans les mains de Thomas et Berrut les morceaux trouvent une respiration organique. Voici le début d'une bienheureuse collaboration."

Biëlla Luttmer, deVolkskrant

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"Impressionnant duo : musicalité, perfection technique, générosité, liberté, les musiciennes ont tout pour elles. Ce premier CD est une heureuse découverte."

Martine Dumont-Mergeay, La libre Belgique

"As a student of both Philippe Muller and Frans Helmerson it is clear that award-winning French cellist Camille Thomas has benefited from excellent tutoring. It’s no surprise then that in these warmly recorded works her technical and musical readings are so impressive. The Rachmaninoff is a real heart-on-sleeve Sonata, yet these artists control the emotional pacing expertly, with a brisk and exciting Allegro scherzando and an Andante that is expressive yet eschews sentimentality. Beatrice Berrut creates real clarity within the huge piano part, with textures that are rich yet transparent, thereby allowing the cello line full sway.
If Rachmaninoff’s idiom explores Romantic yearning, Kabelevsky’s musical vernacular delves into steelier anguish. His Cello Sonata is sombrely framed by a mournful, slurred quaver theme which returns at the end of the work as crotchets. Both artists are compellingly expressive in the first movement’s plaintive invention and the final Allegro is particularly brilliant, with the cello’s 16ths powerfully descending into quadruple-stops.
Lera Auerbach’s Preludes are stylistically steeped in Russian melancholy, with a fluent and individual style suggesting the influence of Schnittke and Prokofiev. The seven pieces presented here offer the maximum contrast and are vividly depicted from the off-key disturbed waltz of no.16 to the Prokofiev-like folk melody of no.20. The colours might err on the darker side of the spectrum, but the performers imbue these shades with great drama."

Joanne Talbot, The Strad

"An impeccable technique, a complete and deep sound, an expression with a communicative romanticism, a true personality"

Simon Corley, Concertonet.com

"Camille Thomas aroused enthusiasm with deep emotional sincerity, technical sovereignty and emotional maturity"

Allgemeine Zeitung

"Camille Thomas brengt een warme, passievolle en verfijnde vertolking van de cellosonate van Rachmaninov (...). De beide jonge muzikantes brengen er hier een frisse, spontane en technisch verbluffende (celliste Camille Thomas in het veeleisende middendeel!) versie van. (...) Thomas en Berrut slagen er hier moeiteloos in om elk deel van deze cyclus, waarin Auerbach grote muzikale voorbeelden uit het verleden in een persoonlijke, hedendaagse stijl verweeft, een heel eigen sfeer en karakter te geven."

Klara's 10 beste - One of the 10 best recording of the month, Bart Tijskens

CD-Tipp de la semaine : "De grandes musiciennes qui ne tombent pas dans le pathos. (Un) impressionnant voyage en Russie, bien plus qu’une simple excursion touristique…"

Wolfram Goertz, Rheinische Post

"Ce disque défend un parti pris louable et ambitieux : offrir non panorama exhaustif de l’âme russe depuis la fin du 19e mais, par petites touches, un aperçu aussi passionnant que possible. Un pari réussi."

Valeurs actuelles

"Revelation 2010 of the ADAMI, who once again proved the high quality of the selection of their performers, the young, Franco-Belgian cellist born in 1988 is a refined musician, having studied with Philippe Muller in Paris and Stephen Forck in Berlin among others.
From the very beginning, the transcription for cello and piano of Tchaikosvky's Nocturne op. 19 no. 4, the harmonious profession and musical relationship of the artists was extremely clear. The Brahms Sonata no. 1 op. 38 showed the wide range of innovation in their stimulating dialogue.
Never being limited to the role of "accompanist", a true danger with this work, Florian Noack's piano made the entirety of the composition flourish and gave Camille Thomas the perfect sounding board for her fluid, intense, and very well-founded interpretation.
Equally, Shostakovitch's Cello Sonata op. 40 was wonderfully constructed in excellent taste by a lovely mixture of lyricism, mystery (the end of the first movement, strange and "subterranean", perfect!) and character.
A sparkling Pezzo Capriccioso from Tchaikovsky and an energetic Grand Tango from Piazzolla "aired out" marvellously this dense program.
The duo's first concert in Paris, Camillle Thomas and Florian Noack owe it to the scouting of the Talented Young Artists Association. Bravo!"

Alain Cochard, Concertclassic.com.

"A young cellist to follow..."

Serge Martin, Le Soir

“For this concert, with a coherent programming, we heard two musicians who made us forget that the performers were young talents since they accomplished so entirely the goal of presenting mature, full works.(...) Dans les Trois Strophes sur le nom de Sacher de Dutilleux, Camile Thomas (born in 1988) showed a range of musical comprehension from a secure personal openness to contemporary music to a perfect sensitivity to Jewish liturgical music from Bloch. I truly enjoyed the transcriptions of Schubert Lieder for cello, the first on the program (Auf dem Wasser zu singen), the second (Ständchen), as an encore.” Referring to a concert at the Soubise hotel with Paloma Kouider

Benjamin Duvshani, ConcertoNet.com

“Belgian Camille Thomas performed with heart, bravura, and sound. The orchestra honored her powerful tone with respectful support for the entirety of the Finale of Dvorak’s concerto. The young cellist received a very hearty applause”.

Isabel Herzfeld, Badener Tagblatt

“An emerging talent, French cellist Camille Thomas won over her audience with warmth and balance. Fascinating!”
About the Dvorak Concerto with the Philharmonie of Baden-Baden

Karl-Heinz Fischer, Badische neueste Nachrichten

« Camille Thomas et Beatrice Berrut, musicienne de grand talent, ont superbement interprété des œuvres de Johannes Brahms, Rachmaninov et Piazzolla avant de boucler leur sur une sonate de Schubert. Elles ont fait valoir la richesse de la formation de haut niveau et la qualité d’une relève artistique dans un domaine d’une exigence totale. La qualité du dialogue entre les instruments et la capacité des deux artistes à en tirer le meilleur, à l’image de Camille Thomas descendant dans la profondeur des graves, n’ont pas échappé au public plus que jamais fidèle aux rendez-vous classiques du Festival estival. »

Gérard TUAL, Courrier de l'Ouest

"They are young, beautiful and play divinely well. The cellist Camille Thomas and pianist Beatrice Berrut kick off the fifth season of Musicales de Compesières with a programme devoted to Beethoven, Brahms and Ginastera. Two talents which we will hear a lot about."

La Tribune de Genève, Luca Sabbatini

"Camille Thomas exemplarily fulfilled the height claims of the music!"

Rhein-Hunrück Zeitung

"(...) the blonde pianist Beatrice Berrut, with fluid playing, shot through with magnificent bursts of colour and heady sounds created by a goldsmith perfection of the keyboard and the brunette cellist Camille Thomas, with a clear and simple musical language, often crossed by touches of virtuosity. Both have a superb power to amaze the audience. They have revealed an intense lyrical commitment of which the melodic is very quickly harmonized over the whole sound spectra. Superb ease and complicity in the difficult Sonata in E minor by Brahms, they brought it to life with strong and expressionistic play with well chosen tempi, the dark and virile beauty of these refined harmonies."

L'Alsace

“Camille Thomas had pleasure in performing Boccherini’s Sonata in C Major with a bubbling virtuosity”.

Mathias Nofze, General Anzeiger, Bonn