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“…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

“Both pianist and orchestra serve the composer well as does conductor Christopher Lyndon-Gee…”

“Both pianist and orchestra serve the composer well as does conductor Christopher Lyndon-Gee…”

Steve Arloff – MusicWeb-International.com – June 2015

“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

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