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Ilic: Reicha Rediscovered

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Rodney Bennett's Orchestral Works Vol. 2 is at #2 (July 13)

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Happy Birthday Neeme!

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Allan Clayton: RPS winner

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“…The orchestral playing is exceptionally fine. These are engaging and enjoyable performances of masterpieces of English music – an ideal disc for anyone seeking the works presented here, and a must for fans of Vaughan Williams in particular.”
“…The orchestral playing is exceptionally fine. These are engaging and enjoyable performances of masterpieces of English music – an ideal disc for anyone seeking the works presented here, and a must for fans of Vaughan Williams in particular.”
Stuart Sillitoe - MusicWeb-International.com - 19 June 2018

“…James Ehnes’ performance in the Viola Concerto has almost two dozen competitors at present, but his version is one of the most affecting for some time. It should also be pointed out that the sound on this disc is superlative, ably reproducing the fine playing of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. These factors, combined with Edward Gardner’s performance of the Sonata, make this disc a strong contender for library status.”

“…James Ehnes’ performance in the Viola Concerto has almost two dozen competitors at present, but his version is one of the most affecting for some time. It should also be pointed out that the sound on this disc is superlative, ably reproducing the fine playing of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. These factors, combined with Edward Gardner’s performance of the Sonata, make this disc a strong contender for library status.”

William Kreindler – MusicWeb-International.com – 18 June 2018

“… Niquet’s Messiah is a chameleon: sometimes beguilingly smooth, sometimes vividly raucous.”

“… Niquet’s Messiah is a chameleon: sometimes beguilingly smooth, sometimes vividly raucous.”

Michael Greenhalgh – MusicWeb-International.com – 29 June 2018

Recording of the Month

“… Superb; buy it … It is gripping from beginning to end… There are opportunities galore for the five characters to strut their musical stuff… The recording at St Jude-on-the-hill is lovely and spacious…”

Recording of the Month

“… Superb; buy it … It is gripping from beginning to end… There are opportunities galore for the five characters to strut their musical stuff… The recording at St Jude-on-the-hill is lovely and spacious…”

Dave Billinge – MusicWeb-International.com – 26 June 2018

“… Elder’s grip is total. He believes in every note of the score, shapes it carefully (no melodrama, no lurchings) and stirs the orchestra to a degree of magnificence rare even for the Hallé….” *****

“… Elder’s grip is total. He believes in every note of the score, shapes it carefully (no melodrama, no lurchings) and stirs the orchestra to a degree of magnificence rare even for the Hallé….” *****

Geoff Brown – The Times – 1 June 2018

“…Paterson’s Wotan is certainly authoritative enough, but needs a more assertive foil than Samuel Youn’s surprisingly lightweight Alberich...Clive Bayley’s fathomlessly dark Fafner, Susan Bickley’s humane Fricka and Nicky Spence’s instinctively theatrical Mime are all well worth preserving, as is the playing of the Hallé under Elder, and his unerring sense of the seamless musical architecture …” ***

“…Paterson’s Wotan is certainly authoritative enough, but needs a more assertive foil than Samuel Youn’s surprisingly lightweight Alberich...Clive Bayley’s fathomlessly dark Fafner, Susan Bickley’s humane Fricka and Nicky Spence’s instinctively theatrical Mime are all well worth preserving, as is the playing of the Hallé under Elder, and his unerring sense of the seamless musical architecture …” ***

The Guardian – 31 May 2018

“Connolly proves herself a worthy heir to Janet Baker in the lovely songs of Ireland, Moeran and Ivor Gurney, but this “garland” of 20th-century songs, superbly accompanied by Middleton as her equal partner, embraces “cycles” by the antipoles Britten and Tippett, whose Charm of Lullabies (1947) and Songs for Ariel (1962) are the meatiest items, sung with sumptuous tone, insight and perfect diction.”

“Connolly proves herself a worthy heir to Janet Baker in the lovely songs of Ireland, Moeran and Ivor Gurney, but this “garland” of 20th-century songs, superbly accompanied by Middleton as her equal partner, embraces “cycles” by the antipoles Britten and Tippett, whose Charm of Lullabies (1947) and Songs for Ariel (1962) are the meatiest items, sung with sumptuous tone, insight and perfect diction.”

Hugh Canning – The Sunday Times – 15 July 2018

“…Together, the performers on this disc are the “Solistes de la Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth” in Belgium. These are young musicians, and they play with spirit and affection, and excellent teamwork… Hearing this music, one can understand why Reicha was held in such high esteem during his lifetime. This generous collection makes an excellent case for giving his music a second listen.”

“…Together, the performers on this disc are the “Solistes de la Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth” in Belgium. These are young musicians, and they play with spirit and affection, and excellent teamwork… Hearing this music, one can understand why Reicha was held in such high esteem during his lifetime. This generous collection makes an excellent case for giving his music a second listen.”

Mark Novak – Fanfare – May/June 2018

“…This is a valuable addition to the hi-res recording catalog, demonstrating superb artistry from all involved.”

“…This is a valuable addition to the hi-res recording catalog, demonstrating superb artistry from all involved.”

Mark Novak – Fanfare – May/June 2018

“… All three works are designed to show off the soloist … Horwick rises to the occasion… This disc is a welcome addition to the catalog.”

“… All three works are designed to show off the soloist … Horwick rises to the occasion… This disc is a welcome addition to the catalog.”

Phillip Scott – Fanfare – May/June 2018

“… The release can be strongly recommended for outstanding playing by the Elan’s members …”

“… The release can be strongly recommended for outstanding playing by the Elan’s members …”

Jerry Dubins – Fanfare – May/June 2018

“… The fine recorded sound – rich, detailed, and immediate – offers a superb aural canvas for this fine performance… Recommended.”

“… The fine recorded sound – rich, detailed, and immediate – offers a superb aural canvas for this fine performance… Recommended.”

Ken Meltzer – Fanfare – May/June 2018

“… This music is unfailingly tuneful, colourful, genial, and delightful… Christina Simonis and the Nürnberg Symphoniker offer suave, sympathetic performances that are well recorded… cordially recommended.”

“… This music is unfailingly tuneful, colourful, genial, and delightful… Christina Simonis and the Nürnberg Symphoniker offer suave, sympathetic performances that are well recorded… cordially recommended.”

James A Altena – Fanfare – May/June 2018

“… This operetta is a rarity and, of course, a Lehár original that may not soon again see another recording. Even if it were not performed nearly so well as here, it would be highly recommended, particularly to operetta fans.”

“… This operetta is a rarity and, of course, a Lehár original that may not soon again see another recording. Even if it were not performed nearly so well as here, it would be highly recommended, particularly to operetta fans.”

Bill White – Fanfare – May/June 2018

“… As performances go, the Basel group does an excellent job, all the more interesting because it is a live performance (with the usual enthusiastic clapping at the end). Good intonation, and excellent balance between orchestra and chorus, not to mention some fine singing by the soloists, make for an attractive package.”

“… As performances go, the Basel group does an excellent job, all the more interesting because it is a live performance (with the usual enthusiastic clapping at the end). Good intonation, and excellent balance between orchestra and chorus, not to mention some fine singing by the soloists, make for an attractive package.”

Bertil van Boer – Fanfare – May/June 2018

Artistic Judgement: Excellent/Exceptional

Sound/Technical Judgement: Excellent/Exceptional         (Dynamics: 4    Soundstage: 5    Timbre: 5   Detail: 5)

Artistic Judgement: Excellent/Exceptional

Sound/Technical Judgement: Excellent/Exceptional         (Dynamics: 4    Soundstage: 5    Timbre: 5   Detail: 5)

Andrea Bedetti – Audiophile Sound magazine (Italy) – April/May 2018

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