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“Ro Hao is a subtle artist, always aware of the emotional tenor of each piece, deftly balancing main and secondary lines, and always seeming to find the right tempo… here is yet another excellent addition to this fine Naxos project: I’ve reviewed a half dozen of them … but the two discs by Duanduan Hao are easily among the most impressive. Highly recommended!”

“Ro Hao is a subtle artist, always aware of the emotional tenor of each piece, deftly balancing main and secondary lines, and always seeming to find the right tempo… here is yet another excellent addition to this fine Naxos project: I’ve reviewed a half dozen of them … but the two discs by Duanduan Hao are easily among the most impressive. Highly recommended!”

Robert Cummings – ClassicalNet – June 2015

“…Duanduan Hao clearly appreciates this music. He plays with a cheerful grace that infuses each piece with individuality. Truth be told, after an hour and a quarter, these pieces can sound awfully similar. But Hao gives each work a real sense of character, finding particular drama in the darker, minor key works. Better yet, the more lighthearted pieces gain personality through Hao’s careful phrasing and attention to dynamics.”

“…Duanduan Hao clearly appreciates this music. He plays with a cheerful grace that infuses each piece with individuality. Truth be told, after an hour and a quarter, these pieces can sound awfully similar. But Hao gives each work a real sense of character, finding particular drama in the darker, minor key works. Better yet, the more lighthearted pieces gain personality through Hao’s careful phrasing and attention to dynamics.”

Brian Wigman – ClassicalNet – April 2015

Artistic Quality 8      Sound Quality 9

“…the young artist’s style is evolving positively, for the most part… the motoric D major K. 336 stands out for Hao’s well-calibrated balances and dynamic organization.”

Artistic Quality 8      Sound Quality 9

“…the young artist’s style is evolving positively, for the most part… the motoric D major K. 336 stands out for Hao’s well-calibrated balances and dynamic organization.”

Jed Distler – ClassicsToday.com – March 2015

(Review for NX 3299/ NX  3300/ NX 3301)

“…The playing of the Turku orchestra is immaculate throughout, and the recorded acoustic is superb. Even those Sibelians who have already acquired [other] versions will find something in these Naxos readings to be of interest, and those who are unfamiliar with the music in its original form will enjoy the process of exploration at budget price … an experience to relish.”

(Review for NX 3299/ NX  3300/ NX 3301)

“…The playing of the Turku orchestra is immaculate throughout, and the recorded acoustic is superb. Even those Sibelians who have already acquired [other] versions will find something in these Naxos readings to be of interest, and those who are unfamiliar with the music in its original form will enjoy the process of exploration at budget price … an experience to relish.”

Paul Corfield Godfrey – MusicWeb-International.com – September 2015

“…Segerstam draws fine, idiomatic playing from the Turku players, allowing the music to speak for itself… While this may not be top-drawer Sibelius, it is good music nonetheless and shows that this iconic Finnish composer could write light music of high quality. Recommended.”

“…Segerstam draws fine, idiomatic playing from the Turku players, allowing the music to speak for itself… While this may not be top-drawer Sibelius, it is good music nonetheless and shows that this iconic Finnish composer could write light music of high quality. Recommended.”

Robert Cummings – ClassicalNet – August 2015

“Segerstam directs with his customary big heart and acute sensitivity for texture and mood… The young Finnish baritone Waltteri Torikka gives a wonderful account of the haunting ‘Fool’s Song of the Spider’… Soprano Pia Pajala makes a heady thing of Elsa’s song ‘Eilaa, eilaa’, while Torikka’s lustrous timbre sent shivers down my spine in ‘Paavali’s Song’. …Segerstam offers most attentive support. The engineering is truthful throughout.”

“Segerstam directs with his customary big heart and acute sensitivity for texture and mood… The young Finnish baritone Waltteri Torikka gives a wonderful account of the haunting ‘Fool’s Song of the Spider’… Soprano Pia Pajala makes a heady thing of Elsa’s song ‘Eilaa, eilaa’, while Torikka’s lustrous timbre sent shivers down my spine in ‘Paavali’s Song’. …Segerstam offers most attentive support. The engineering is truthful throughout.”

Andrew Achenbach – Gramophone magazine – August 2015

(Review for NX 3299 & NX 3300)

“Naxos should be congratulated for bringing these recordings into the Sibelius discography. The Finnish conductor Leif Segerstam is a master of this repertoire and he draws some wonderful sounds from the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra. They really excel in the hushed, poignant and delicate passages and Segerstam also generates plenty of power and excitement when required. The sound quality is excellent on both discs… “

(Review for NX 3299 & NX 3300)

“Naxos should be congratulated for bringing these recordings into the Sibelius discography. The Finnish conductor Leif Segerstam is a master of this repertoire and he draws some wonderful sounds from the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra. They really excel in the hushed, poignant and delicate passages and Segerstam also generates plenty of power and excitement when required. The sound quality is excellent on both discs… “

John Whitmore – MusicWeb-International.com – July 2015

“…Leif Segerstam may have his own and sometimes very particular views of Sibelius’s music, yet he never loses sight of what serves the atmosphere of the various pieces. So, again, we admire his gripping conducting on this valuable new production.” *****

“…Leif Segerstam may have his own and sometimes very particular views of Sibelius’s music, yet he never loses sight of what serves the atmosphere of the various pieces. So, again, we admire his gripping conducting on this valuable new production.” *****

Remy Franck – Pizzicato.lu – June 2015

“…Segerstam’s conducting…is lovingly shaped…always attentive to the music’s colors and moods.”

“…Segerstam’s conducting…is lovingly shaped…always attentive to the music’s colors and moods.”

David Hurwitz – ClassicsToday.com – June 2015

“Segerstam has his Turku Philharmonic playing with both idiomatic, long-focused energy and poignant understatement…” ****

“Segerstam has his Turku Philharmonic playing with both idiomatic, long-focused energy and poignant understatement…” ****

Erica Jeal – The Guardian – May 2015

Recording of the Year

“Some very attractive music from an accomplished composer, and impeccably performed by a father-and-daughter duo. The CD was, in fact, recorded just six months before the father’s passing, and there does strangely seem a particularly profound bond between them here.”

Recording of the Year

“Some very attractive music from an accomplished composer, and impeccably performed by a father-and-daughter duo. The CD was, in fact, recorded just six months before the father’s passing, and there does strangely seem a particularly profound bond between them here.”

Philip Buttall – MusicWeb-International.com – December 2016

“This remarkable recital by the father and daughter duo of Marian and Liv Migdal, piano and violin respectively, helps put the music of Polish composer Józef Wieniawski (1837–1912) in its proper perspective. A real heart-stopper …proclaiming the beauty and the happiness of life.”

“This remarkable recital by the father and daughter duo of Marian and Liv Migdal, piano and violin respectively, helps put the music of Polish composer Józef Wieniawski (1837–1912) in its proper perspective. A real heart-stopper …proclaiming the beauty and the happiness of life.”

Phil Muse – Audio Video Club of Atlanta – November 2016

“…Let’s welcome this CD which gives the listener the opportunity to explore some works by Józef Wieniawski, the brother of the better known Henrik. The performances are vivid and expressive…” ***

“…Let’s welcome this CD which gives the listener the opportunity to explore some works by Józef Wieniawski, the brother of the better known Henrik. The performances are vivid and expressive…” ***

Guy Engels – Pizzicato.lu – June 2016

“…Liv Migdal and Marian Migdal’s performances, urgently communicative, sumptuous tonally, vibrantly recorded, and stunningly virtuosic, deserve a much stronger recommendation to general audiences, though they will still perhaps appeal primarily to violin aficionados…”

“…Liv Migdal and Marian Migdal’s performances, urgently communicative, sumptuous tonally, vibrantly recorded, and stunningly virtuosic, deserve a much stronger recommendation to general audiences, though they will still perhaps appeal primarily to violin aficionados…”

Robert Maxham – Fanfare – May 2016

“…The recording is exemplary and the performance absolutely first rate.”

“…The recording is exemplary and the performance absolutely first rate.”

Philip R Buttall – MusicWeb-Interntional.com – January 2016

“The disc opens with a piece for cello and piano called “Pathétique”, and does indeed deploy some very Beethovenian gestures, not least the three shorts and a long rhythm we associate with the opening of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. The short tense portentous motifs yield to more ethereal and plaintive music, exquisitely played. The virtuoso cello part is impressively despatched, brilliantly secure in the searing writing in the high register. It makes a fine opening, and should be heard by anyone, players especially, involved with the cello music of this century. The “Allegro frenetico con reminiscenza” is an extension of a solo cello passage derived from a song cycle, as the composer explains in his note. It is dramatic and arresting, and sounds very taxing to play. Perhaps at more than thirteen minutes there is not quite enough variety to sustain interest throughout, but it’s hard to imagine it played with more skill and commitment. This is another excellently recorded Naxos disc bringing very fine music to the wider attention it deserves.”

“The disc opens with a piece for cello and piano called “Pathétique”, and does indeed deploy some very Beethovenian gestures, not least the three shorts and a long rhythm we associate with the opening of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. The short tense portentous motifs yield to more ethereal and plaintive music, exquisitely played. The virtuoso cello part is impressively despatched, brilliantly secure in the searing writing in the high register. It makes a fine opening, and should be heard by anyone, players especially, involved with the cello music of this century. The “Allegro frenetico con reminiscenza” is an extension of a solo cello passage derived from a song cycle, as the composer explains in his note. It is dramatic and arresting, and sounds very taxing to play. Perhaps at more than thirteen minutes there is not quite enough variety to sustain interest throughout, but it’s hard to imagine it played with more skill and commitment. This is another excellently recorded Naxos disc bringing very fine music to the wider attention it deserves.”

Roy Westbrook – MusicWeb-Interntional.com – December 2017

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