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"... a set of well-played and musically interesting works that demonstrate yet again the versatility of Telemann's muse."
"... a set of well-played and musically interesting works that demonstrate yet again the versatility of Telemann's muse."
Bertil van Boer - Fanfare - September/October 2017
"... I have only praise for Schneider and La Stagione Frankfurt ... The soloists are technically expert, while the members perform as a unit with discipline and energy... Tempos are always appropriate and rhythms carefully defined... If you're familiar with this series, it suffices to say this lives up to the quality of the previous three releases."
"... I have only praise for Schneider and La Stagione Frankfurt ... The soloists are technically expert, while the members perform as a unit with discipline and energy... Tempos are always appropriate and rhythms carefully defined... If you're familiar with this series, it suffices to say this lives up to the quality of the previous three releases."
Barry Brenesal - Fanfare - September/October 2017
"... this pair of ballets will definitely please."
"... this pair of ballets will definitely please."
Barrey Brenesal - Fanfare - September/October 2017
"... Very strongly recommended."
"... Very strongly recommended."
Jerry Dubins - Fanfare - September/October 2017
"... an unequivocal recommendation."
"... an unequivocal recommendation."
Ronald E Grames - Fanfare - September/October 2017
"...The experience is magical and is highly recommended to all but the most innovation adverse"    Ronald E Grames

"... These two works are not to be missed, and I can't conceive of better performances than these. Skempton has raised the bar for himself, and I look forward to new developments." Raymond Tuttle
"...The experience is magical and is highly recommended to all but the most innovation adverse"    Ronald E Grames

"... These two works are not to be missed, and I can't conceive of better performances than these. Skempton has raised the bar for himself, and I look forward to new developments." Raymond Tuttle
Fanfare - September/October 2017
"... The sound of the Edinburgh live recording is very good - well balanced, rich in color ... This release deserves an enthusiastic recommendation, and overs of chamber music should hope for more recordings from this fine ensemble."
"... The sound of the Edinburgh live recording is very good - well balanced, rich in color ... This release deserves an enthusiastic recommendation, and overs of chamber music should hope for more recordings from this fine ensemble."
Daniel Morrison - Fanfare - September/October 2017
"... The recorded sound is lovely; rich, atmospheric, and admirably detailed, with excellent balance between the voices and orchestra. Every word of the poetry emerges with clarity, as does the beguiling orchestral fabric. To be sure, this is specialized repertoire. But it is wonderful repertoire, nonetheless, and the new Alpha Classics recording provides an hour of absolute enchantment. Highly recommended."
"... The recorded sound is lovely; rich, atmospheric, and admirably detailed, with excellent balance between the voices and orchestra. Every word of the poetry emerges with clarity, as does the beguiling orchestral fabric. To be sure, this is specialized repertoire. But it is wonderful repertoire, nonetheless, and the new Alpha Classics recording provides an hour of absolute enchantment. Highly recommended."
Ken Meltzer - Fanfare - September/October 2017
"... this generous selection gives much pleasure. Recommended."
"... this generous selection gives much pleasure. Recommended."
Richard A Kaplan - Fanfare - September/October 2017
"... These are bold performances ... The Ravel is especially impressive ... All in all, an arresting release."
"... These are bold performances ... The Ravel is especially impressive ... All in all, an arresting release."
Peter J Rabinowitz - Fanfare - September/October 2017
Programme ****      Performance *****      Recording *****      Presentation ****
 
"... The ensembles canon of felicitous transcriptions and arrangements is already extremely impressive, but with this latest release, Simon Cox and Matthew Knight have successully reimagined music by three composers central to defining France's unique musical direction ... The lyricism from the featured soloists is quite remarkable, with Matthew Gee's sublime performance of Après un rêve worth the price of the CD alone. Yet again, another extraordinary release from Septura, one that will surely be in contention come BBW's next round of recording awards.
Programme ****      Performance *****      Recording *****      Presentation ****
 
"... The ensembles canon of felicitous transcriptions and arrangements is already extremely impressive, but with this latest release, Simon Cox and Matthew Knight have successully reimagined music by three composers central to defining France's unique musical direction ... The lyricism from the featured soloists is quite remarkable, with Matthew Gee's sublime performance of Après un rêve worth the price of the CD alone. Yet again, another extraordinary release from Septura, one that will surely be in contention come BBW's next round of recording awards.
David Childs - Brass Band World magazine - November 2017

"The Kenari Quartet is a very fine ensemble, …A fair amount of its success in this repertoire is attributable to the soprano player’s exceptional feel for the elegance, wit, insouciance, and tonal beauty that are central to French saxophone playing. …While the quartet is pretty impressive in delivering the breathtaking showers of notes that some of the faster movements in this program demand, in the slower music, the nuance and absolute unanimity of vibrato, color, balance, and phrasing which are the passkey to the highest ranks of the saxophone quartet pantheon haven’t yet been perfected. There is a great deal to enjoy here. This is a young and quite talented saxophone quartet…”

"The Kenari Quartet is a very fine ensemble, …A fair amount of its success in this repertoire is attributable to the soprano player’s exceptional feel for the elegance, wit, insouciance, and tonal beauty that are central to French saxophone playing. …While the quartet is pretty impressive in delivering the breathtaking showers of notes that some of the faster movements in this program demand, in the slower music, the nuance and absolute unanimity of vibrato, color, balance, and phrasing which are the passkey to the highest ranks of the saxophone quartet pantheon haven’t yet been perfected. There is a great deal to enjoy here. This is a young and quite talented saxophone quartet…”

Ronald E Grames - Fanfare - May 2017

“Yang plays exceptionally well, a demanding programme, where, for the most part, Saint-Saëns winningly combines virtuoso display, with some exceptional melodies. Particularly true of the Havanaise and the Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso. The veteran French conductor Marc Soustrot is an ideal partner in this venture. Sweden’s Malmö Symphony Orchestra, where he has been principal conductor for some years now, accompany attentively.

“Yang plays exceptionally well, a demanding programme, where, for the most part, Saint-Saëns winningly combines virtuoso display, with some exceptional melodies. Particularly true of the Havanaise and the Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso. The veteran French conductor Marc Soustrot is an ideal partner in this venture. Sweden’s Malmö Symphony Orchestra, where he has been principal conductor for some years now, accompany attentively.

Davd Mellor - Classics FM - October 2017
"... the orchestral playing is a delight... Operetta enthusiasts shouldn't hesitate ..."
"... the orchestral playing is a delight... Operetta enthusiasts shouldn't hesitate ..."
Richard Bratby - Gramophone magazine - November 2017
"... Here is a captivating, unhackneyed programme, presented by singers - a double act in a thousand  - and pianist with a style and allure it would be hard to beat. No one remotely drawn to this repertoire should hold back."
"... Here is a captivating, unhackneyed programme, presented by singers - a double act in a thousand  - and pianist with a style and allure it would be hard to beat. No one remotely drawn to this repertoire should hold back."
Richard Wigmore - Gramophone magazine - November 2017
"...Taken as a whole I greatly admired the honesty and sincerity of this music drama... The BBC Concert Orchestra offer superb support to both composers and the engineering is up to Signum's customary excellence. This important release should be in every keen choral singer's Christmas stocking."
"...Taken as a whole I greatly admired the honesty and sincerity of this music drama... The BBC Concert Orchestra offer superb support to both composers and the engineering is up to Signum's customary excellence. This important release should be in every keen choral singer's Christmas stocking."
Malcolm Riley - Gramophone magazine - November 2017

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