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 - August 2016

'A superb entrance into a sound world that journeys from the neoclassical to a modernist voice of great originality. 
 

Gianandrea Noseda
Conductor of the Year 


Gianandrea Noseda was awarded Conductor of the Year at International Opera Awards 2016.

 



 

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"...Gordeladze can now be counted among the finest interpreters of Kapustin&r ...
"...Gordeladze can now be counted among the finest interpreters of Kapustin’s idiosyncratic work. Indeed her Naxos CD is a delight, full of constant discoveries; truly original works yet brimful of nineteenth and twentieth century allusions, including (in random order) Gershwin, Peterson, Joplin, Tatum, Antoine Dominique ‘Fats’ Domino Jr, Chopin, J S Bach, Errol Garner, Keith Jarrett, Dave Brubeck, John Field, ‘Fats’ Waller and Alexander Scriabin.These études and preludes have real substance. Give Kapustin and Gordeladze your undivided attention."
Howard Smith - Music & Vision - April 2012
"...If I had to choose, I’d likely single out the Eight Concert Etudes as my fa ...
"...If I had to choose, I’d likely single out the Eight Concert Etudes as my favorite Kapustin: short, snappy works with a lot of range, they offer tune- and virtuosity-laden examples of his art. The Twenty-Four Preludes in Jazz Style…as piano jazz…would be first-rate, and as classical music it explores the greater freedom of the prelude structure but with the composer’s usual technical rigor. There are undoubted highlights: No 9 is an exquisite slow movement, as unadorned and Gershwin-ish in its melodic warmth as Kapustin has ever gotten; No 19 is a frolicking boogie which brings home its catchy tune in just 80 seconds; No 24 makes a satisfying conclusion, though the composer’s voice is so bright that it does not feel like D minor. The attention of some major pianists has been turned to this repertoire, and Catherine Gordeladze is a worthy contender... it’s a testament to Kapustin’s quality as a composer that his music can sustain numerous varied approaches and reveal different characters under different artists’ fingers. If you like one Kapustin piece, you’ll probably like the rest, a testament both to the undeniable sameness of his output and to the consistently high craftsmanship and inspiration. Catherine Gordeladze’s is a new approach with great merit, and I hope it bodes the beginning of a series ..."
Brian Reinhart - MusicWeb-International.com - March 2012
"Catherine Gordeladze has her own take on these works, and wow does she swing! In fact, ...
"Catherine Gordeladze has her own take on these works, and wow does she swing! In fact, I hate to sound heretical since I am a huge Hamelin fan, but to my ears her performances of the etudes are even jazzier than his.
I just love the way Gordeladze crushes those flatted fourths and fifths, and the way she dive-bombs those descending keyboard glisses. Honey, you make my heart sing!"
Lynn René Bayley - Fanfare - March 2012
"...This recording by the Georgian pianist Gordeladze now living in Berlin, con ...
"...This recording by the Georgian pianist Gordeladze now living in Berlin, confronts performances by the composer and legendary pianists such as Marc-Andre Hamelin and Steven Osborne. Comparison between them is fruitless, since the technical and musical challenges are fully met by all. Since Naxos has little competition when it comes to price, and their entry is superlative in every way, it is a no-brainer for starting with this music."
Alan Becker - American Record Guide - March 2012
William Henry Squire was Britain’s leading cellist from the late 1890s to the late 192 ...
William Henry Squire was Britain’s leading cellist from the late 1890s to the late 1920s and a prolific artist in the early recording era. He composed a series of exquisite miniatures for the cello, the best of which are collected here for the first time. They were written largely between the ages of 18 and 33, often with specific audiences in mind—whether Promenade Concerts, recital platform or grade examinations—and include his signature piece, Sérénade, and his enigmatic tribute to Dvorák, Chansonnette. Five of the 20 have never before been recorded so this really is quite a discovery, and quite an achievement for young cellist, Oliver Gledhill. 
John Suchet - Classic FM - July 2016
The great writer Stendhal wrote of Il viaggio a Reims that “this opera is a feast&rdquo ...
The great writer Stendhal wrote of Il viaggio a Reims that “this opera is a feast”. The plot is a contemporary farce tailor-made for a particular occasion—the coronation festivities of Charles X—though Rossini valued the music so highly that he reused at great part of the score three years later in the opera Le Comte Ory. With a cast of ten principal and eight smaller rôles, this sparkling work is heard complete for the first time and in accordance with the critical edition prepared by the Fondazione Rossini and Casa Ricordi.
Richard Osborne - Gramophone magazine - August 2016
"This is beautiful music, performed with apparent love and skill by Diazmunoz, the cas ...
"This is beautiful music, performed with apparent love and skill by Diazmunoz, the cast, and the orchestra. Encarnacion Vazquez, in particular, has a full, sensual voice as Beatriz that matches the lush sound and atmosphere of both pieces. This is an attractive disc, hopefully a harbinger of more from Catan on Naxos."
Robert Kirzinger - Fanfare - April 2003
"... an effective disc from a musician, Emmanuel Ceysson, who clearly believes in this ...
"... an effective disc from a musician, Emmanuel Ceysson, who clearly believes in this music ... It's played very well, both by the virtuoso soloist and the Avignon orchestra." 
Simon Thompson - MusicWeb-International.com - May 2016
"Valery Gergiev directs a red-hot performance here with the LSO and the London Sy ...
"Valery Gergiev directs a red-hot performance here with the LSO and the London Symphony Chorus, augmented by the fresh-sounding Guildhall School Singers…It’s a strong team performance, driven by earthy passion" ****
The Scotsman
“An affectionate salvaging of an oeuvre at risk of falling by the wayside. ...
“An affectionate salvaging of an oeuvre at risk of falling by the wayside. Heaton Smith['s] work, broadly neoclassical, is not without distinction ... his abstract pieces can be striking.” 
Paul Driver - The Sunday Times
“Based on the music presented on this double CD, [Roy Heaton Smith] is most worthy ...
“Based on the music presented on this double CD, [Roy Heaton Smith] is most worthy of the dedicated work that has been put into the production of this unique retrospective. I found the ‘Pastoral' a magical experience. It quite clearly out-Britten's Britten in its effectiveness, colourful scoring and musical interpretation of the text. The composer has a masterly understanding of string writing. [The String Quartet] is a little masterpiece. I loved Clare Wilkinson's voice in all the vocal works. Based on this present two-CD exploration of his music, any forthcoming performances will be essential listening.” 
John France - MusicWeb-International.com
"Fascinating and absorbing ... Skærved has recreated one of Bull's hist ...
"Fascinating and absorbing ... Skærved has recreated one of Bull's historical recitals and presented it ‘as it would have been': mainly works that would not be found in many concert programmes today, but back in the mid-1800s it would have been an amazingly popular and innovative choice. I was impressed by the sound quality of this CD. Every note was clear: the tone of this historical violin is displayed and played to perfection and the piano (where used) is in ideal balance. Enthusiasts of historical violins will be eagerly awaiting succeeding volumes of this most worthy and enjoyable project."
John France - MusicWeb-International.com
"Pianist Jan Rautio here plays a fortepiano (tuned to A=430 Hz in unequal temperament) ...
"Pianist Jan Rautio here plays a fortepiano (tuned to A=430 Hz in unequal temperament), with cellist Adi Tal and violinist Jane Gordon using gut strings and lighter, shorter bows. The result is playing of great agility and intimacy which immediately solves some of the balance problems in Mozart’s trios when played on a modern grand, especially in accompanying figures. It’s an impressive achievement, a disc to return to often."
The Observer
"...As with all their previous discs, the playing is accomplished and virtuosic, but w ...
"...As with all their previous discs, the playing is accomplished and virtuosic, but without letting the difficulty ever take centre stage – demanding the three works may be, but each of the three stars still manage to produce ravishing sounds from their instruments."
Early Music Review
"They certainly start by making a strong first impression in the opening movement of the ...
"They certainly start by making a strong first impression in the opening movement of the first trio ... they keep in balance what has been aptly described as the unease of this movement... Overall I’m happy to concur with the Resonus publicity description of these performances as ‘fresh and exciting’ and ‘bring[ing] life and vitality to [the] music ..."
MusicWeb-International.com
"...The Fournier Trio have garnered a number of accolades and it's not difficult t ...
"...The Fournier Trio have garnered a number of accolades and it's not difficult to hear why, for this is playing with a high level of finish to it. Even the scherzos have not a hair out of place. They reveal, above all, the elegance of Mendelssohn's writing ..."
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