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October 2008


8.570496: Tippett: String Quartets 1, 2 and 4
“A decade after his death, just as Michael Tippett’s star seems to be waning, along comes this superb reminder of his classically crafted quartets. […] Excellent performances.”
-Andrew Clark, Financial Times, October 4, 2008

“[The Tippett Quartet’s] intent is serious, their execution compelling, their ensemble immaculate…”
-Rick Jones, The Times, October 11, 2008

“…these are enjoyable and sensitively played accounts of some of Tippett’s most characteristic and durable pieces.”
-Arnold Whittall, The Gramophone, November 2008

“They Players capture the youthful glow of No 1, with a poignantly paced slow movement. By limiting their vibrato in the first two movements of No 2, they emphasise the music’s roots in early English polyphony. The Fourth Quartet receives an absorbing performance, lyrical and Beethovenian by turns.”
-Matthew Rye, The Daily Telegraph, November 15, 2008

8.570568: Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony
“Throughout the orchestra’s ensemble spirit is so tight that you could cut yourself on the music’s edges […] But the playing on this disc goes beyond polished, red-blooded music-making. Call it taste and intelligence […] Watch out for more Petrenko magic on Naxos.”
-Geoff Brown, The Times, October 3, 2008

“This is essential listening.”
-Geoffrey Norris, The Daily Telegraph, October 11, 2008

“It’s to the credit of Vasily Petrenko and the RLPO […] that there isn’t a single moment in this performance when one wishes for the cuts that were once routinely inflicted on the score. Petrenko makes every bar count…”
-Andrew Clements, The Guardian, October 17, 2008

“This is top-quality sound and playing – at bargain price too.”
-David Nice, The Gramophone, November 2008

“The Liverpool Phil’s wonderful rhythmic freedom gets right under Tchaikovsky’s skin and shimmers with a Slavic vulnerability.”
-Andrew Mellor, Classic FM Magazine, December ’08

“…Manfred is gaining ground as one of Tchaikovsky’s most original masterpieces, thanks to evangelising performances such as this one from the charismatic Petrenko, who sets his musicians alight in the dramatic passages fo the score while bringing a truly Russian melancholy to the introductory lento lugubre. A thrilling Naxos debut.”
- Four Stars, Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times, October 26,  2008

“The Manfred symphony gives the RLPO a chance to brood in style, especially in the lower registers, before rising to inspired dramatic heights.”
-Anthony Holden, The Observer, November 9,  2008

8.559359: Copland: Dance Symphony
“…I don’t think any of [Alsop’s] recordings for [Naxos] has yet achieved the sheer impact of this survey of Copland’s early symphonic music, bringing to renewed life a trio of works all too rarely heard in concert, let alone on disc […] The brilliantly captures moods of the Dance Symphony, derived from an early ballet score, round off a revelatory and richly recorded disc.”
-Matthew Rye, The Daily Telegraph, October 25, 2008

“…interesting and well-performed scores.”
-Andrew Clements, The Guardian, October 31, 2008


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