...For all the powerhouse virtuosity of its solo part, Sibelius's Violin Concerto also has a brooding streak that isn’t at all typical of the genre, and it takes an unusually fine artist to be able to bridge the two extremes. Fenella Humphreys’s playing is a genuine revelation in the way it brings out the music’s dark and introspective qualities, with no shortage of technical panache meanwhile....Humphreys offers searching and beautifully focused lyrical expression, laser-like accuracy of tuning (in the double-stopped passages remarkably so), plus the wonderful tawny-brown sonority of her choice of Guarneri violin with its gorgeous lower register. Every shade of the six Humoresques’ brand of whimsical invention, too, is deftly captured, with quality orchestral playing to match.
Malcolm Hayes - BBC Music Magazine
Described by BBC Radio 3's Record Review as a 'fine new recording...fresh and engaging', and picked ahead of its release by Apple Music for its The A-List: Classical Fenella's new album of Max Richter's The Four Seasons Recomposed is out on Rubicon Classics. Performing with Covent Garden Sinfonia and Ben Palmer, she pairs Richter's hit with beautiful works by Peteris Vasks and Arvo Pärt.
Described on BBC Radio 3's Record Review as an 'absolutely exquisite album', Fenella's new disc 'So Many Stars' was released in February 2019 on Stone Records. A collaboration with pianist Nicola Eimer, the CD is a collection of Sonatinas by Jean Sibelius, Lennox Berkeley, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, William Alwyn, Gordon Crosse and Jean Françaix. Back in 2010 Fenella met composer Gordon Crosse for the first time at a concert she gave. One morning shortly after, there was a thud on her doormat as the post arrived and, opening the package, she discovered a Sonatina he had written for her. It was one of the most incredible gifts she had ever received and was the starting point for this project. The disc's title is taken from Sibelius' diaries as he was writing his Sonatina - "My childhood sky is full of stars — so many stars"
...Fenella Humphreys employs her customary imaginative flair and luminous palette of tone colours to tease the beauty out of a set of pieces that are compact in scale but not in ambition...Humphreys and Eimer at their stellar best...
Catherine Nelson - Recommended Recording - The Strad Magazine
...an absolutely exquisite album... there's a lightness and quicksilver quality...both players have this featherlike quality - they treat the music with incredible tenderness and they know how to get a small, tender sound that still projects and still is capable of capturing our attention...The sound of the recording is beautiful too...
Sarah Walker and Andrew McGregor - BBC Radio 3 Record Review
...a wonderful reading, admirably balanced...The recording quality is very fine, as is the playing of both of these gifted artists...
Robert Matthew-Walker - Five Stars - Classical Source