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May 2008

8.570283 Strauss: Four Last Songs
“…she [Merbeth] is a memorable (and silvery-voiced) interpreter. Well worth hearing.”
- James Iverne, Editor’s Choice, Gramophone Magazine

“Merbeth is supremely well prepared and on top of this repertoire, and the Weimar orchestra, cliché to say but true, have the sound of Strauss’s music still in their blood.”
- Mike Ashman, Editor’s Choice, Gramophone Magazine


8.570721 Szymanowski: Symphony No. 2
“…he shows here once again, he [Wit] has an exceptional talent for inhabiting a composer’s sound world. These are performances of great affection and, typically for Wit, sound totally idiomatic.”
- James Iverne, Editor’s Choice, Gramophone Magazine

“Antoni Wit conducts his Warsaw forces in exceptionally warm and idiomatic performances of these two exotic symphonies, vividly recorded.”

“The Thrust and passion of Wit’s performance, splendidly supported by the clear-voiced tenor and the chorus, is impossible to resist…”

“Antoni Wit’s performance could not be more idiomatic, with singers and players totally inside the music. An outstanding issue.”
- Edward Greenfield, Editor’s Choice, Gramophone Magazine


8.570149 Purcell: Theatre Music Vol. 1
“Worthy, professional and instinctively stylish…”
- Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, Gramophone Magazine

“Mallon’s latest Naxos series sets high artistic values from the off, powered by the musik-making’s unbridled joyfulness and a delicious feel for Baroque excess.”
- Andrew Stewart, 5* Review Shorts, Classic FM Magazine


8.570201 Alwyn: Invocations/Mirages/Six Nocturnes/Slum Song/Seascapes
“Jeremy Huw Williams brings conspicuous ardour and intelligence to the task in hand…Elin Manahan Thomas sings with chaste purity and unfailing accuracy…”
- Andrew Achenbach, Gramophone Magazine


8.570336 Taneyev: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3
“…what we hear on the new disc – at times more unvarnished – may well be just as close, if not closer to how the composer imagined his music.”
- David Fanning, Gramophone Magazine

8.570534 Bartók: The Wooden Prince
“Bartók’s tonally effulgent second stage work suits the warm, texture-sensitive conducting style of Marin Alsop, who coaxes some stylish solos from her accomplished Bournemouth players.”

“Alsop and her orchestra do justice Bartók’s most overtly romantic large-scale score; it’s a performance that will surely appeal beyond the ranks of Bartók devotees to balletomances generally, not to mention lovers of fin de siècle musical excess.”
- Rob Cowan, Gramophone Magazine

“…the renowned Bounemouth Symphony Orchestra under the skilled hands of Marin Alsop brings an impressively strong response to his demands.”
- Malcolm Hayes, 4* Review, Classic FM Magazine


8.570069 Rautavaara: Symphony No. 8
“…the Naxos programme works most effectively and is a near-perfect introduction to Rautavaara’s late manner.”
- Guy Rickards, ‘G’ Award, Gramophone Magazine


8.570541 Elgar: Part-Songs
“Under the experienced Christopher Robinson, the young singers of the Cambridge University Chamber Choir make the most of this treasure-trove, with secure pitching, clear enunciation, and a bright, well-balanced sound.”
- Anthony Burton, Performance 4*, Sound 4*, BBC Music Magazine



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