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“…Lloyd Webber shows himself to be a very capable conductor. In familiar works such as Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro and also his Serenade for Strings, Lloyd Webber does not erase one’s affection for classic recordings by Barbirolli and Boult (for example), but he clearly knows and loves this music, and I’m sure it’s not exactly unknown to the English Chamber Orchestra! In short, this CD is a success, although it is desirable chiefly for the less-familiar works that it contains.”

“…Lloyd Webber shows himself to be a very capable conductor. In familiar works such as Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro and also his Serenade for Strings, Lloyd Webber does not erase one’s affection for classic recordings by Barbirolli and Boult (for example), but he clearly knows and loves this music, and I’m sure it’s not exactly unknown to the English Chamber Orchestra! In short, this CD is a success, although it is desirable chiefly for the less-familiar works that it contains.”

Raymond Tuttle – Fanfare – November 2015

“This is a very enjoyable anthology. I don’t know how much conducting Julian Lloyd Webber had done prior to this assignment but he obtains good and responsive playing from the ECO.”

“This is a very enjoyable anthology. I don’t know how much conducting Julian Lloyd Webber had done prior to this assignment but he obtains good and responsive playing from the ECO.”

John Quinn – MusicWeb-International.com – July 2015

“I find Webber’s approach very different and highly sensitive. …he’s a conductor with a different take on these works but one that is eminently musical.”

“I find Webber’s approach very different and highly sensitive. …he’s a conductor with a different take on these works but one that is eminently musical.”

Gil French – American Record Guide – July 2015

“This is Julian Lloyd Webber’s premiere recording as conductor and at the same time his last production as cellist. His conducting is as ambitious as his cello playing. He carefully develops atmospheres without getting sentimental. The English Chamber Orchestra plays vividly and with much refinement.” ****

“This is Julian Lloyd Webber’s premiere recording as conductor and at the same time his last production as cellist. His conducting is as ambitious as his cello playing. He carefully develops atmospheres without getting sentimental. The English Chamber Orchestra plays vividly and with much refinement.” ****

Remy Franck – Pizzicato.lu – May 2015

Performance (Elgar Serenade) *****     Performance ****     Recording ****

“Julian Lloyd Webber…evidently has the ability to make a difference to collective performance-level (the English Chamber Orchestra plays character fully and vividly at every point) while not getting in the music’s way—a combination of qualities nicely suited to this line-up of string works. Those by Elgar come across especially well. The Introduction and Allegro crackles along with crisp energy, with the four solo players delivering some lovely moments; and Lloyd Webber’s sureness of touch in the Serenade for Strings exactly captures the music’s unpretentious warmth.”

Performance (Elgar Serenade) *****     Performance ****     Recording ****

“Julian Lloyd Webber…evidently has the ability to make a difference to collective performance-level (the English Chamber Orchestra plays character fully and vividly at every point) while not getting in the music’s way—a combination of qualities nicely suited to this line-up of string works. Those by Elgar come across especially well. The Introduction and Allegro crackles along with crisp energy, with the four solo players delivering some lovely moments; and Lloyd Webber’s sureness of touch in the Serenade for Strings exactly captures the music’s unpretentious warmth.”

Malcolm Hayes – BBC Music magazine – April 2015

Gramophone Choice

“…Julian Lloyd Webber…offers an impressive disc of English music that demonstrates a richly rewarding affinity for the repertoire”

Gramophone Choice

“…Julian Lloyd Webber…offers an impressive disc of English music that demonstrates a richly rewarding affinity for the repertoire”

Andrew Achenbach – Gramophone magazine – April 2015

Album of the Week

“…Julian Lloyd Webber emerges as a conductor of some distinction, drawing eloquent performances from the English Chamber Orchestra… “

Album of the Week

“…Julian Lloyd Webber emerges as a conductor of some distinction, drawing eloquent performances from the English Chamber Orchestra… “

David Mellor – The Mail on Sunday – March 2015

“…the music is well performed and recorded…and with two attractive premieres to boot, this is well worth considering.”

“…the music is well performed and recorded…and with two attractive premieres to boot, this is well worth considering.”

Brian Wilson – MusicWeb-International.com – March 2015

CD of the Week

“This is a beautiful album, with an intriguing mix of the familiar and the unknown. All the signs are that the former cellist Julian Lloyd Webber could be turning into a very fine conductor indeed.”

CD of the Week

“This is a beautiful album, with an intriguing mix of the familiar and the unknown. All the signs are that the former cellist Julian Lloyd Webber could be turning into a very fine conductor indeed.”

ClassicFM – 23 February 2015

“…Tuck and Bonynge clearly are enjoying themselves… Tuck shapes the melodies firmly, and she and Bonynge are completely in tune with each other. Recorded sound is well balanced, giving sufficient weight to the soloist without slighting the orchestra… there is much pleasure to be found here.”

“…Tuck and Bonynge clearly are enjoying themselves… Tuck shapes the melodies firmly, and she and Bonynge are completely in tune with each other. Recorded sound is well balanced, giving sufficient weight to the soloist without slighting the orchestra… there is much pleasure to be found here.”

Henry Fogel – Fanfare – September 2015

“…Ms. Tuck handles everything Czerny throws at her with aplomb… The orchestra plays fine and is balanced naturally with the soloist.”

“…Ms. Tuck handles everything Czerny throws at her with aplomb… The orchestra plays fine and is balanced naturally with the soloist.”

Stephen Wright – American Record Guide – July 2015

“…it is useful to hear [Czerny’s] more complex compositions well performed by Rosemary Tuck and the ECO under Richard Bonynge.” ***

“…it is useful to hear [Czerny’s] more complex compositions well performed by Rosemary Tuck and the ECO under Richard Bonynge.” ***

James McCarthy – Limelightmagazine.au – July 2015

“…The recording quality is good, and the English Chamber Orchestra provides a secure…accompaniment. Australian pianist, Rosemary Tuck, despatches each work with real panache and élan, making light of the often complex pianistic gyrations and fireworks. She is also well able to treat the more serious parts with appropriate, if not necessarily tongue-in-cheek, solemnity. Richard Bonynge is the ideal choice of conductor here…”

“…The recording quality is good, and the English Chamber Orchestra provides a secure…accompaniment. Australian pianist, Rosemary Tuck, despatches each work with real panache and élan, making light of the often complex pianistic gyrations and fireworks. She is also well able to treat the more serious parts with appropriate, if not necessarily tongue-in-cheek, solemnity. Richard Bonynge is the ideal choice of conductor here…”

Philip R Buttall – MusicWeb-International.com – April 2015

“…music well worth befriending, especially in such lively company. In terms of other intégrales, Lucy Gould, Alice Neary and Benjamin Frith are clearly preferable…Frith in particular dancing his way with palpable pleasure through the many pages of nonstop allegro vivace and presto semiquavers. Well recorded, too…”

“…music well worth befriending, especially in such lively company. In terms of other intégrales, Lucy Gould, Alice Neary and Benjamin Frith are clearly preferable…Frith in particular dancing his way with palpable pleasure through the many pages of nonstop allegro vivace and presto semiquavers. Well recorded, too…”

Jeremy Nichols – Gramophone magazine – July 2015

“…Performances and recording quality are first-rate. Lyndon-Gee gave us…revelatory recordings of the music of Igor Markevitch and the symphonies of George Rochberg. His detailed, understanding approach pays similar dividends here, while the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra shines in the service of its under-appreciated countryman. Pianist Gabrielius Alekna…brings both pinpoint accuracy…and sensitivity to piano parts that are undoubtedly trickier to negotiate than they sound. “

“…Performances and recording quality are first-rate. Lyndon-Gee gave us…revelatory recordings of the music of Igor Markevitch and the symphonies of George Rochberg. His detailed, understanding approach pays similar dividends here, while the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra shines in the service of its under-appreciated countryman. Pianist Gabrielius Alekna…brings both pinpoint accuracy…and sensitivity to piano parts that are undoubtedly trickier to negotiate than they sound. “

Phillip Scott – Fanfare – November 2015

“… Pianist Gabrielius Alekna deserves some credit here for a job well done. The Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra directed by Christopher Lyndon-Gee also give fine, dedicated performances.” ***

“… Pianist Gabrielius Alekna deserves some credit here for a job well done. The Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra directed by Christopher Lyndon-Gee also give fine, dedicated performances.” ***

Daniel Coombs – AudiophileAudition – August 2015

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