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“… The balance between voice and piano seems ideal to me, and the only drawback with this issue is the Spartan presentation: a simple folded inlay with the song titles, timings and track-numbers. No texts and no liner notes. But the texts with translations can with some patience be gathered online and what counts most is the superlative music making.”

“… The balance between voice and piano seems ideal to me, and the only drawback with this issue is the Spartan presentation: a simple folded inlay with the song titles, timings and track-numbers. No texts and no liner notes. But the texts with translations can with some patience be gathered online and what counts most is the superlative music making.”

Goran Forsling - MusicWeb-International.com – 31 July 2019

Recommended

“A major issue, for intelligence of concept and for the beauty of the execution and presentation.”

Recommended

“A major issue, for intelligence of concept and for the beauty of the execution and presentation.”

Glyn Pursglove – MusicWeb-International.com – 31 July 2019
"... Zhang’s Prokofiev is very good, his Tchaikovsky excellent; a bright new star in the musical firmament."
"... Zhang’s Prokofiev is very good, his Tchaikovsky excellent; a bright new star in the musical firmament."
Dan Morgan – MusicWeb-International.com – 31 July 2019

“…These works have raised my opinion of Spohr, and readers can invest with confidence.”

“…These works have raised my opinion of Spohr, and readers can invest with confidence.”

Stephen Barber - MusicWeb-International.com – 1 August 2019

“… It’s a scintillating account and caps a fine Mozart recital which at times borders on the revelatory.”

“… It’s a scintillating account and caps a fine Mozart recital which at times borders on the revelatory.”

Richard Hanlon – MusicWeb-International.com – 1 August 2019

“... The playing of Rebaroque is impeccable and Peter Lönnerberg handles the famous organ to perfection. The recording is SACD. I’ve listened in traditional 2-channel stereo, which is very satisfying, but I suspect that the surround layer will give a more realistic vision of the warm acoustics of the Leufsta bruk church. None of these pieces are familiar – apart from one or two of the hymns – but everything is worth a listen, and music archaeologists will rejoice.”

“... The playing of Rebaroque is impeccable and Peter Lönnerberg handles the famous organ to perfection. The recording is SACD. I’ve listened in traditional 2-channel stereo, which is very satisfying, but I suspect that the surround layer will give a more realistic vision of the warm acoustics of the Leufsta bruk church. None of these pieces are familiar – apart from one or two of the hymns – but everything is worth a listen, and music archaeologists will rejoice.”

Goran Forsling - MusicWeb-International.com – 2 August 2019

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“…In every respect, these fresh and vital interpretations by Yang and Schwabe make this disc a complete success.”

Recommended

“…In every respect, these fresh and vital interpretations by Yang and Schwabe make this disc a complete success.”

Robert Cummings – MusicWeb-International.com – 2 August 2019
Artistic Quality 10     Sound Quality 10
 
“…There’s plenty for Kožená to do technically and expressively–and she, and her orchestral partners, leave us, as they say, “wanting more”. I was expecting something good, but not extraordinary. But, even among all the Baroque vocal music recordings of every size and shape and concept occupying the catalog lists, this–and especially Kožená–truly is extraordinary.”
Artistic Quality 10     Sound Quality 10
 
“…There’s plenty for Kožená to do technically and expressively–and she, and her orchestral partners, leave us, as they say, “wanting more”. I was expecting something good, but not extraordinary. But, even among all the Baroque vocal music recordings of every size and shape and concept occupying the catalog lists, this–and especially Kožená–truly is extraordinary.”
David Vernier – ClassicsToday.com – August 2019
“…A lovely disc, with an energised Iceland Symphony Orchestra sounding thoroughly Gallic under Yan Pascal Tortelier’s baton. Superb sonics too.”
“…A lovely disc, with an energised Iceland Symphony Orchestra sounding thoroughly Gallic under Yan Pascal Tortelier’s baton. Superb sonics too.”
Graham Rickson – theartsdesk.com – 17 August 2019

“…As an introduction to MacMillan, this couldn't be bettered. The performances are incredibly assured, and it's a surprise to discover that this is a largely amateur choir. Immaculately recorded with full texts and translations, too: heartfelt, accessible music for grown-ups.”

“…As an introduction to MacMillan, this couldn't be bettered. The performances are incredibly assured, and it's a surprise to discover that this is a largely amateur choir. Immaculately recorded with full texts and translations, too: heartfelt, accessible music for grown-ups.”

Graham Rickson – theartsdesk.com – 17 August 2019

“… The Hilliards, who have recorded Casken before, sing with limpid clarity and moments of earthy force. There is an additional setting by Pérotin (Viderunt omnes, arranged by Casken) and three early strophic settings in three and four voice parts. Mysterious but tightly controlled; the perfect prelude to Casken’s vocal masterpiece.” ****

“… The Hilliards, who have recorded Casken before, sing with limpid clarity and moments of earthy force. There is an additional setting by Pérotin (Viderunt omnes, arranged by Casken) and three early strophic settings in three and four voice parts. Mysterious but tightly controlled; the perfect prelude to Casken’s vocal masterpiece.” ****

Brian Morton – Choir & Organ magazine – September 2019

“… the discipline and characteristic bright tone of the early tracks are warmed in more emotional interpretations of Morton Lauridsen’s O magnum mysterium and The Road Home by Stephen Paulus, which for me are the highlights of the disc.” *****

“… the discipline and characteristic bright tone of the early tracks are warmed in more emotional interpretations of Morton Lauridsen’s O magnum mysterium and The Road Home by Stephen Paulus, which for me are the highlights of the disc.” *****

Clare Stevens - Choir & Organ magazine – September 2019

“… A thoughtfully assembled collection of familiar and unfamiliar Howells, beautifully captured in King’s Chapel, and a marvellous celebration of Cleobury’s contribution to the musical life of the College.” *****

“… A thoughtfully assembled collection of familiar and unfamiliar Howells, beautifully captured in King’s Chapel, and a marvellous celebration of Cleobury’s contribution to the musical life of the College.” *****

Philip Reed – Choir & Organ magazine – September 2019

“... The mass for All Saints is a beautiful creation … LaBarocca deliver the music with passionate reserve and immaculate control.” ***

“... The mass for All Saints is a beautiful creation … LaBarocca deliver the music with passionate reserve and immaculate control.” ***

Brian Morton – Choir & Organ magazine – September 2019

“…As ever, nimble choral singing and loveliness of line delights… universal praise must flow to soprano Carolyn Sampson, who not only graces this work, powering magisterially through her aria, but also takes sublime ownership of the solo ‘moral’ cantata ich bin in mir vergnügt BWV30a. There’s glorious playing from the orchestra and a proper acknowledgement of the excellent obbligato soloists.”

“…As ever, nimble choral singing and loveliness of line delights… universal praise must flow to soprano Carolyn Sampson, who not only graces this work, powering magisterially through her aria, but also takes sublime ownership of the solo ‘moral’ cantata ich bin in mir vergnügt BWV30a. There’s glorious playing from the orchestra and a proper acknowledgement of the excellent obbligato soloists.”

Rebecca Tavener – Choir & Organ magazine – September 2019
"... the music is well-crafted, the arias often charming and the chorales familiar and straightforward. This recording from Hungarian musicians under the directions of Gyögy Vashegyi is a fine achievement, and very welcome. The Purcell Choir is a small chamber choir with an attractive, bright tone; the period instruments of the Orfeo Orchestra are led by no less a figure than Simon Standage. Only a few slips in vocal intonation rob the disc of a fifth star." ****
"... the music is well-crafted, the arias often charming and the chorales familiar and straightforward. This recording from Hungarian musicians under the directions of Gyögy Vashegyi is a fine achievement, and very welcome. The Purcell Choir is a small chamber choir with an attractive, bright tone; the period instruments of the Orfeo Orchestra are led by no less a figure than Simon Standage. Only a few slips in vocal intonation rob the disc of a fifth star." ****
Philip Reed - Choir & Organ magazine - September 2019

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