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March 2008

8.570338 Canteloube: Chants d’Auvergne Vol.2
“The music ranges from the sweetly soft to the lively and dramatic, illustrating such themes as The Spinner, a valley landscape and animal sounds. All are splendidly sung by the Auvergnoise soprano Véronique Gens, with Serge Baudo conducting. Vivid music-making.”
- Alexander Bryce Review (Four Stars) in the Scotland on Sunday.


8.559362 Carter: String Quartets Nos. 1&5
8.570201 Alwyn: Mirages; Nocturnes; Slum Song; Seascapes; Invocations
“Recordings are very fine, and the performances are never less than convincing, especially Elin Manahan Thomas’s bright, pure soprano interweaving exquisitely with John Turner’s treble recorder and Iain Burnside’s piano in Seascape…”
- Stephen Johnson Performance (Seascape) 5*, Performance (The Rest) 4*, Sound 5* BBC Music Magazine

“Superb music-making and artistry in this excellent release – a winner at any price.”
- Andrew Stewart, 5* Review Shorts, Classic FM Magazine


8.557711 Respighi: Vetrate di chiesa; Impressioni brasiliane; Rossiniana
“Scanning the concert repertoire of international symphony orchestras, one might easily get the impression that Italian composers have written virtually no orchestral pieces worth performing. It’s an assumption colourfully challenged by this valuable new CD…”
- Terry Blain Performance 4*, Sound 4* BBC Music Magazine


8.570450 Penderecki: Symphony No. 8
“The performances are strong and convincing, with fine all-Polish solo singing to match”
- Malcolm Hayes, 3* Review, Classic FM Magazine

“…gloriously expressive, played with deep insight.”
- Michael Tumelty, 3* Review, The Herald


8.570449 Dowland: Lute Music Vol. 3
“…North’s sweet-toned playing is both unfailingly musical and highly imaginative.”
William Yeoman, Gramophone Magazine


8.559335 K. Fuchs: Canticle to the Sun
8.557506 Stravinsky: Later Ballets
“…Craft’s alert performances, with ultra-vivid orchestral playing to match, each of the three ballet scores is a phenomenon of lively, likeable non-stop intervention.”
- Malcolm Hayes, 3* Review, Classic FM Magazine


8.570316 Shostakovich: Odna
“…Mark Fitz-Gerald, having expertly reconstructed the original score, coaxes excellent playing to match, with fine singers contributing also: Georgian mezzo-soprano Annd Kiknadze is clearly a name to watch.”
- Malcolm Hayes, 4* Review, Classic FM Magazine


8.570554 Godard: Violin Concertos
“Chlöe Hanslip plays them [the concertos] with total dedication and passion, soaring aloft on a magic carpet of golden legato tone, while fully revelling in the music’s virtuoso dash and sparkle.”
- Julian Haylock, 4* Review, Classic FM Magazine


8.558186-87 Stravinsky: A Portrait
“This is a knock-out set, the ultimate Stravinsky taster.”
- 4* Review, The Herald


8.570541 Elgar: Part-Songs
“Robinson and the Cambridge Choir are graceful advocates.”
- Andrew Clark, 3* Review, The Financial Times


8.570534 Bartók: The Wooden Prince
“…the performance [The Wooden Prince] with which Marin Alsop rounds off her survey of Bartók’s dramatic works for Naxos the most valuable of the three.”
- 3* Review, The Guardian


8.559360 Rzewski: The People United Will Never Be Defeated!
“The work comes over as a socialist statement with the opulence of Grandos’s Goyescas.”
- Paul Driver, 3* Review, The Sunday Times


8.570415 L. Berkeley: String Quartets Nos. 1-3
“…the Maggini’s playing is beyond reproach, with spotless intonation despite the unfamiliar, chromatically flavoured harmonic idiom. The engineering is as lucid and atmospheric as the playing itself.”
- Julian Haylock, The Strad



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