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February 2008

8.570215 Martinů: Complete Piano Music Vol. 4
“Koukl’s performances are a delight throughout, strong in the larger sets of Czech Dances and Les ritournellesas well as the unfamiliar Quatre mouvements – about which nothing is stated in the notes – and the three Dumky. Excellent sound, too.”
- Guy Rickards, Gramophone Magazine


8.660928 Bartók: Duke Bluebeard’s Castle
“…thrillingly prepared by Marin Alsop and the orchestra.”

“…Alsop charts the tortuous course of this terrible movement [path to the seventh door] to perfection.”

“Alsop finds a compelling way to open doors into Bartók’s grisly world”
- Rob Cowan, Gramophone Magazine


8.570359 Alwyn: Piano Music Vol. 1
“With his immaculate touch, subtle range of colour and commanding technique, Wass draws every ounce of poetry from the limpid Nos 3 and 5…just as he brings a tingling hush and concentration to the broodingly intense Nos 7 and 9.”

“Wass turns on the magic for this first instalment of Alwyn’s piano music”
- Andrew Achenbach, Gramophone Magazine


8.570415 L. Berkeley: String Quartets Nos 1 – 3
“The Maggini, fresh from their triumph with the Naxos Quartets of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, have turned their attention to Sir Lennox Berkeley, giving us all three of these landmarks in 20th-century British chamber music with the first recordings of Nos 1 and 3.”

“These performances are simply magnificent. Clean and immediate sound, perhaps slightly less shrill. But the main thing is that at last these outstanding chamber works are available.”
- Peter Dickinson, ‘G’ Award, Gramophone Magazine


8.557506 Stravinsky: Later Ballets
“Mark Wait is an outstanding soloist. Altogether, a delightful collection brilliantly played and recorded”
- Edward Greenfield, Gramophone Magazine


8.570316 Shostakovich: Odna
“The brief vocal items are attractively done, and Fitz-Gerald secures playing of exceptional vitality from the Frankfurt orchestra. Vivedly recorded, with a detailed note from Russian film expert John Riley, Odna is engrossing and pleasurable in purely musical terms.”
- Richard Whitehouse, Gramophone Magazine


8.557711 Respighi: Church Windows
“The Buffalo Philharmonic under music director JoAnn Falletta is treated to warm and spectacular recording, apt for such exotica.”
- Edward Greenfield, Editor’s Choice, Gramophone Magazine


8.570233 Brahms: Symphony No. 4
“The LPO, London’s finest Brahms ensemble, has been in vintage form during this cycle under Marin Alsop’s measured and thoughtful direction.”
- Richard Osborne, Gramophone Magazine


8.111038 Brahms: Requiem
“This is a remarkable historical document.”

“Karajan’stempi are achingly, lovingly slow, and the performance plumbs every depth in the great work… the quality of playing and singing, and the emotional profundity of the interpretation, make it essential for devotees of the musicians and the music.”
- Michael Tumelty, 3* Review, The Herald


8.570450 Penderecki: Symphony No. 8
8.570283 Strauss: Four Last Songs
“Acclaimed Strauss soprano Ricarda Merbeth also performs the joyous Brentano Lieder, Strauss’s adaptation of Clemens Brentano’s romantic poems. Eternal music.”
- 5* Review, The Daily Express


8.570534 Bartók: The Wooden Prince
“Filled with magic and ambiguity, Bartók’s neglected fairytale ballet, completed in 1916, proves fruitful material for Marin Alsop’s baton.”

“The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra tuck into its multiple riches, from the dawn opening to the Hungarian rhythms.”
- 3* Review, The Times


8.570554 Godard: Violin Concertos
“There’s no question who is the friskiest musician. It’s Hanslip, darting with both fire and elegance, putting class-A effort into making silk purses from pigs’ ears.”
- Geoff Brown, 3* Review, The Times


8.559362 Carter: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 5
“…the Parcificas’ lucidity pays off, and Bayan Northcott’s accompanying essay further illuminates the music.”
- Andrew Clark, 5* Review, The Financial Times


8.570336 Taneyev: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3
“…these strongly characterised performances under Thomas Sanderling suggest that Taneyev’s music does have something to offer, with a personality distinct from that of his sallow countrymen.”
- 4* Review, The Guardian


8.559335 K. Fuchs: Canticle to the Sun
United Artists is his [Fuchs] personal tribute to the virtuosity of the LSO, who excel in his Canticle to the Sun, a concerto written for the orchestra’s principle horn, Timothy Jones. Fellow American JoAnn Falletta directs with innate understanding.”
- Stephen Pritchard, The Observer


8.570451 Parsons: First Great Service
“In a programme of English and Latin works…they are near impeccable, the voices beautifully blended, the performances paced carefully so that even the most complex counterpoints are clear.”
- Stephen Pettitt, 3* Review, The Sunday Times



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