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“… Ticciati leads the Berlin orchestra in an accompaniment of bristling vitality in the Beethoven: theirs is playing that matches Teztlaff’s wonderfully in energy and color. In the Sibelius, the ensemble delivers a performance of terrific textural clarity, as well as expressive force. Ondine’s sonics are, as usual, excellent. In all, this is a great album: one that treats that standard of the canon with the freshness and thoughtfulness it both deserves and requires.”

“… Ticciati leads the Berlin orchestra in an accompaniment of bristling vitality in the Beethoven: theirs is playing that matches Teztlaff’s wonderfully in energy and color. In the Sibelius, the ensemble delivers a performance of terrific textural clarity, as well as expressive force. Ondine’s sonics are, as usual, excellent. In all, this is a great album: one that treats that standard of the canon with the freshness and thoughtfulness it both deserves and requires.”

Jonathan Blumhofer – artsfuse.org – 4 October 2019

“…This performance by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Sakari Oramo, is impressively rousing when its blood is up. The recording also captures Smyth and her musical army on the march in splendid sound.” ****

“…This performance by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Sakari Oramo, is impressively rousing when its blood is up. The recording also captures Smyth and her musical army on the march in splendid sound.” ****

Richard Fairman – The Financial Times – 4 October 2019

Editor’s Choice

“Prepare to be surprised by the finesse and fluidity on display in three choice works” ****

Editor’s Choice

“Prepare to be surprised by the finesse and fluidity on display in three choice works” ****

Michael Quinn – Limelightmagazine.com.au – October 2019

Recording of the Week

“… it’s [Mass in D] a magnificent, uplifting work that, while far too large for liturgical use, deserves to become a regular of the concert-hall and choral-society repertoire. An exhilarating musical experience, not soon to be forgotten.”

Recording of the Week

“… it’s [Mass in D] a magnificent, uplifting work that, while far too large for liturgical use, deserves to become a regular of the concert-hall and choral-society repertoire. An exhilarating musical experience, not soon to be forgotten.”

David Smith – PrestoMusic.com – 27 September 2019

“… this new version on Chandos from the Bergen Philharmonic, with Michelle De Young (heavy on vibrato but thrilling and expressive) and John Relyea (urgent, resonant, outstanding), conducted by Edward Gardner, a keen Bartók interpreter, is a deserving addition. The Bergen players capture all the score’s chill and terror, the glitter of the treasury, the dazzling magnificence of Bluebeard’s kingdom, the chirruping horror and sighs before the lake of tears; an agonising, vivid account.”

“… this new version on Chandos from the Bergen Philharmonic, with Michelle De Young (heavy on vibrato but thrilling and expressive) and John Relyea (urgent, resonant, outstanding), conducted by Edward Gardner, a keen Bartók interpreter, is a deserving addition. The Bergen players capture all the score’s chill and terror, the glitter of the treasury, the dazzling magnificence of Bluebeard’s kingdom, the chirruping horror and sighs before the lake of tears; an agonising, vivid account.”

Fiona Maddocks – The Observer – 13 October 2019

“This is Brahms interpretation in excelsis. Gardner seems to me to have judged every tempo right, and to combine the powerful momentum and flexibility that Brahms demands with passionate attention to detail… Under his inspirational guidance, the Bergen Philharmonic players give their all.”

“This is Brahms interpretation in excelsis. Gardner seems to me to have judged every tempo right, and to combine the powerful momentum and flexibility that Brahms demands with passionate attention to detail… Under his inspirational guidance, the Bergen Philharmonic players give their all.”

David Cairns – The Sunday Times (Culture magazine) – 15 October 2019

 

“Here we are in for a treat… it [Sym. No. 92] is a wonderful mature work. Right at the outset we are struck by the pianist’s enthusiastic and joyful approach, a feeling of discovery, grasping the essence of Haydn and his sense of humour. With immaculate, highly precise pianism he emphasizes the clear melodic line and delves fearlessly with his strong left hand into the complex architecture of the contrapuntal middle part. By this time the piano literally sings, and how charming that little closing subject sounds!...

 

“Here we are in for a treat… it [Sym. No. 92] is a wonderful mature work. Right at the outset we are struck by the pianist’s enthusiastic and joyful approach, a feeling of discovery, grasping the essence of Haydn and his sense of humour. With immaculate, highly precise pianism he emphasizes the clear melodic line and delves fearlessly with his strong left hand into the complex architecture of the contrapuntal middle part. By this time the piano literally sings, and how charming that little closing subject sounds!...

Janos Gardonyl – TheWholenote.com – October 2019

“… Captivating and colourful.”  ****

“… Captivating and colourful.”  ****

Michael Beek – BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes section) – November 2019

“The admirable agility of soloist Claude Delangle makes the Rhapsodie our orchestra et saxophone the highlight here. There’s polished playing throughout …” ****

“The admirable agility of soloist Claude Delangle makes the Rhapsodie our orchestra et saxophone the highlight here. There’s polished playing throughout …” ****

Jeremy Pound – BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes section) – November 2019

“… Thoroughly enjoyable.” ****

“… Thoroughly enjoyable.” ****

Oliver Condy - BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes section) – November 2019

“A captivating disc of works by Danish composer in stellar recorded sound. Layer upon layer of hypnotic sounds wash over you, with a powerful ghostlike quality in the standout title work.” ****

“A captivating disc of works by Danish composer in stellar recorded sound. Layer upon layer of hypnotic sounds wash over you, with a powerful ghostlike quality in the standout title work.” ****

Freya Parr - BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes section) – November 2019

“The title alone should give an idea of these tone poems’ distinctively Middle-Eastern modal soundworld. Rahbari’s music is dramatic and eerily haunting …” ***

“The title alone should give an idea of these tone poems’ distinctively Middle-Eastern modal soundworld. Rahbari’s music is dramatic and eerily haunting …” ***

Jeremy Pound – BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes section) – November 2019

“… In a superb live recording, Don Quixote is full of drama. Powerful stuff.” ****

“… In a superb live recording, Don Quixote is full of drama. Powerful stuff.” ****

Freya Parr - BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes section) – November 2019

“There’s much to enjoy here, not least the nifty arrangement for harp and violin of Haydn’s Symphony No. 71 by Charles-Charles Ragué …” ****

“There’s much to enjoy here, not least the nifty arrangement for harp and violin of Haydn’s Symphony No. 71 by Charles-Charles Ragué …” ****

Jeremy Pound – BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes section) – November 2019

“In a spotless recording, The Queen’s Six deliver handpicked folksongs from the British Isles, with fascinating accompanying notes … enjoyable.” ****

“In a spotless recording, The Queen’s Six deliver handpicked folksongs from the British Isles, with fascinating accompanying notes … enjoyable.” ****

Freya Parr - BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes section) – November 2019

“There’s some beautiful playing here of French and English suites …” ***

“There’s some beautiful playing here of French and English suites …” ***

Oliver Condy - BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes section) – November 2019

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