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PRESS REVIEWS 2008



September 2008

Naxos

8.557400: Maxwell Davies: Naxos Quartets Nos. 9&10
“The Naxos cycle is a 21st-century landmark.”
-Rick Jones, The Times, August 30, 2008

8.570464: Alwyn: Piano Music Vol. 2
“Ashley Wass’s superb sound, as powerful as it is focused and beautiful, suits the music to near-perfection. So does the recorded sound – flawlessly truthful, with just the right degree of surrounding resonance.”
-Malcolm Hayes, BBC Music Magazine, October 2008

“Wass gives outstandingly sympathetic performances throughout and he has been granted eminently ripe and realistic sound. All in all, a most enjoyable CD.”
-Andrew Achenbach, The Gramophone, November 2008

8.570724: Szymanowski: Stabat Mater
“…it is the singing of the soprano Iwona Hossa that lends this disc its special distinction… this disc is superb value.”
-John Allison, BBC Music Magazine, October 2008

“What is beyond question is the effectiveness of the performances, with a particularly fine soprano in Iwona Hossa.”
-Arnold Whittall, Gramophone Magazine Awards issue 2008

8.570704 Alwyn: Orchestral Music
– Performance 4 STARS, Recording 4 STARS BBC Magazine, September 2008
– No. 4 Best Seller from Pomp and Circumstance, Harrogate. BBC Magazine, September 2008

8.559357 Anderson: Orchestral Music Vol. 3
“Successive volumes of this Leryo Anderson edition have served to heighten surprise and admiration at the extent of his output. …This series would be welcome for the fascination of its contents alone, even if it were not so impeccably produced. Performances are technically and interpretatively outstanding with utmost fidelity to the style and tempi of Anderson’s own recordings. Richard S Ginell’s notes again add to our appreciation of a composer too readily taken for granted.”
– Andrew Lamb, Gramophone, September 2008
“Welcome to another brilliant edition of Leroy Anderson’s orchestral light music…You’ll be surprised by how many of these tunes you know”
– 5 STARS Robert Beale, Manchester Evening News, 12 September 2008
– No. 2 Best Seller from Pomp and Circumstance, Harrogate . BBC Magazine, September 2008

8.570241 Antill: Corroboree
 “Corroboree is a brave, colossal score, with a lot of very original orchestration in it. It’s enormous fun—and challenging—to play”
- James Judd interview by Martin Cullingford, Gramophone, September 2008
“this new recording by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra under James Judd wins hands down. …the energy and precision of the playing, captured in pristine digital sound, propel the music into a realm far beyond the residue of mere ‘white fella’s Dreaming’”
- William Yeoman, Gramophone Recommends, September 2008
“James Judd’s performance with the New Zealand Symphony reveals a composer of much skill whose work is well worth hearing.”
- 4 STARS Alexander Bryce, Scotland on Sunday, 31 August 2008

8.570800 Bazzini: Works for Violin and Piano
"Hanslip's passion and technical bravura are palpable and exciting. Fiery glissandi, tremulous multi-stopping: the fireworks never stop."
-Geoff Brown, The Times 5 September

“…in this gem of a disc Hanslip resuscitates Bazzini at his best. She delivers his Mediterranean glamour with a fabulous impression of ease and songfulness, besides a devil-may-care sense of relish which increases as the technical demands esculate. A disc for violin fans to adore.”
-Jessica Duchen, Classic FM Magazine, November 2008

“Chloe Hanslip responds to both sides of Bazzini, and she’s always rhythmically alert. […] Both players bring a more considered approach to this music, lifting it out of the salon into the concert hall.”
-Martin Cotton, BBC Music Magazine, October 2008

“Hanslip certainly has the confidence and technique for this repertoire: more importantly, she’s able to engage with each piece, bringing out its particular expressive character. Hanslip’s musical personality, graceful and with spontaneous verve, brings everything to life. It’s lovely violin-playing!” Duncan Druce
-Gramophone Magazine Awards issue 2008

"Hanslip's passion and technical bravura are palpable and exciting. Fiery glissandi, tremulous multi-stopping: the fireworks never stop."
- 3 STARS, Geoff Brown, The Times, 5 September 2008
“showpieces by the Italian virtuoso Bazzini. Hanslip’s passion and technical bravura are palpable and exciting. Fiery glissandi, tremulous multi-stopping: the fireworks never stop.”
- 3 STARS GB, The Times, 5 September 2008

8.559364 Corigliano: Red Violin Caprices
Editor’s Choice, Gramophone
“Philippe Quint’s panache is stunning and this CD offers some of the most attractive music for solo violin in the entire repertoire”
- Peter Dickinson, Gramophone, September 2008

8.570833 Dohnányi: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2
“Michael Ludwig plays with abundant feeling and JoAnn Falletta directs wholly sympathetic accounts of the two orchestral scroes. A satisfying and educative release, one that I would strongly recommend.”
- Bob Cowan, Gramophone, September 2008

8.570714 Dvorak: Symphony No. 9/Symphonic Variations
“Here Marin Alsop conducts the Baltimore Symphony in a strong recording of Dvořák’s hymn to America, together with his earlier Symphonic Variations. Like the symphony, the performance is confident, well rounded and highly optimistic.”
– 5 STARS AB, Scotland on Sunday, 7 September 2008
– 5 STARS Alexander Bryce, Scotland on Sunday, 7 September 2008
– No. 1 Best Seller from Pomp and Circumstance, Harrogate. BBC Magazine, September 2008

8.570539 The English Clarinet
“Principal clarinet with the BBC Phil, John Bradbury has shown his qualities as a soloist in a number of concerto performances, and for this solo CD he chooses an all-English programme…there are several lovely and melodic pieces in this collection. …the playing is masterly.”
- 3 STARS Robert Beale, The Manchester Evening News, 5 September 2008

8.572060 Marcin Dylla: Guitar recital
- Performance 4 STARS, Recording 5 STARS BBC Magazine, September 2008

8.570485 Haydn: Keyboard Concertos
“The young German pianist Sebastian Knauer gives sprightly and sensitive accounts of all four concertos, dancing nimbly through Haydn’s long stretches of toccata-style passagework and spinning a pure, eloquent line in the slow movements. He also supplies his own apt, unpretentious cadenzas. The Cologne Chamber Orchestra play crisply and promptly…sparkling performances, truthfully recorded and naturally balanced.”
- Richard Wigmore, Gramophone, September 2008

8.559336 Hovhaness: Symphony No. 63
“A hearty helping of Hovhaness includes another splendid guitar concerto. Following guitarist David Leisner’s superb account of Alan Hovhaness’s First Guitar Concerto, also for Naxos [8.559294], comes an equally fine recording of the composer’s Concerto No 2 for guitar and strings, this time by the dedicatee of the earlier work, Bolivian-born guitarist Javier Calderón. …The RSNO under Stewart Robertson is excellent throughout; good recorded sound and notes by Hovhaness’s widow Hinako Fugihara Hovhaness further enhance what is another excellent release in Naxos’s American Classics series.”
- William Yeoman, Gramophone, September 2008

8.570452 Karlowicz: Symphonic Poems
“Both pieces [Stanislaw i Anna Oswiecimowie  and Rapsodia litewska] show him to be a master of the orchestra—and both end sorrowfully. After Karlowicz’s early death in an avalanche, Gregor Fitelberg completed his Episode at a Masquerade. The work, like its companions, has first-class interpreters in the Warsaw Philharmonic.”
- 3 STARS Peter Palmer, Nottingham Evening Post, 5 September 2008

8.111314 Andrés Segovia: 1950s American Recordings Vol. 6
- Performance 4 STARS, Recording 4S STARS BBC Magazine, September 2008

8.557526 Schoenberg: Chamber Symphony No. 2/Wind Quintet/Die gluckliche Hand
“the joy of Schoenberg’s music is in grappling to reach an understanding, transforming passive listening into a creative act. This magisterial recording of the Quintet from the New York Wind Quintet marks a new plateau in our understanding of the work. …This lithe, quicksilver version clocks in at 38 minutes, and, with the right tempi restored, Schoenberg’s contrapuntal labyrinth sparks into life. …The Chamber Symphony No 2 is another work where intellectual energy equates to a virtuoso instrumental showdown. The Philharmonia are fully engaged and Craft’s fastidious approach makes every little detail count: but, as the cumulative impact of the second movement demonstrates, his ear is also focused on the larger picture. The 20-minute melodrama Die glückliche Hand sits in the stylistic overlap between Quintet and Symphony. Mark Beesley’s small but anchoring role is powerfully executed, while Craft’s artful unpicking of prickly orchestral and choral writing places the listener at the core of Schoenberg’s dream-world.”
- Philip Clark, Gramophone, September 2008
- Performance 4 STARS, Recording 4 STARS BBC Magazine, September 2008

8.557567 Schubert: Lieder Vol. 28
“set to rival Hyperion’s pioneering Schubert Edition…This is one of the most taxing Scubert programmes ever assembled, and Trost is sensational throughout, conjuring up a unique emotional or narrative world for each song by means of vocal or verbal dexterity…The disc is worth every one of those five stars for [Der Zwerg] alone.”
- 5 STARS The Guardian, 12 September 2008

8.570355 Stanford: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 6
“Another high-quality addition to David Lloyd-Jones’s rewarding Stanford cycle.  …dynamic and luminous [Symphony No 3]…Lloyd-Jones masterminds an affectionate, finely disciplined reading [of Symphony No 6], with tensions kept agreeably on the boil throughout…another thoroughly desirable (and, at just over 80 minutes, generous) coupling in this useful series.”
- Andrew Achenbach, Gramophone, September 2008

8.555867 Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
- Selected Discography, The Gramophone Collection, September 2008


Dacapo

Dacapo 6.220525 Langaard: Symphony No 1
“Not many 17 year-olds could pen a coherent hour-long symphony…still less see it premiered by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra three years later, yet Rued Langaard did with his five-movement First (1910). Fluently orchestrated, its style is full-bloodedly late-Romantic with Wagner and Tchaikovsky vying for supremacy on a Brucknerian (or late-Schubertian) timescale. …Dausgaard favours an expansive approach…spectacular recording”
- Guy Rickards, Gramophone, September 2008

Dacapo 6.220527 Riisager: Benzin, Archaeopteryx, To Apollo God of Light
“All the music is played with élan by the DNSO under Hughes, showing both delicacy in Benzin and power in To Apollo and Archaeopteryx.”
- Guy Rickards, Gramophone, September 2008


Opus Arte DVD
 
OAR3103D Verdi: Stiffelio
“Stiffelio is Carreras in what was probably the finest achievement among roles following his serious illness. Gregoary Yurisich sings magnificently as the father. Gwynne Howell is a pillar of sonorous authority, and Robin Leggate, having played Cassio so often, fits in perfectly as his guilty counterpart. Edward Downes conducts with a sure and thoughtful touch.”
- John Steane, Gramophone Recommends, September 2008
- 3 STARS, Classic FM Magazine, September 2008

OA0992D Hérold: La Fille mal gardée
- Performance 5 STARS, Presentation 4 STARS BBC Music Magazine, September 2008

OA0995D Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty
- Performance 4 STARS, Presentation 4 STARS BBC Music Magazine, September 2008

OAR3104D Verdi: Aida
- Performance 4 STARS, Presentation 4 STARS BBC Music Magazine, September 2008


Phoenix Edition
 
Phoenix122 Beethoven: Complete Piano Trios
- Performance 3 STARS, Recording 5 STARS BBC Music Magazine, September 2008
 
Phoenix105 Mahler: Lieder
- Performance 4 STARS, Recording 5 STARS BBC Music Magazine, September 2008
 
Phoenix102 Cantatas for Soprano and Trumpet
- Performance 5 STARS, Recording 5 STARS BBC Music Magazine, September 2008
 
Phoenix101 Kraus: La Primavera
- Performance 4 STARS, Recording 5 STARS BBC Music Magazine, September 2008
 
Phoenix111 Kraus: Amphitryon
- Performance 3 STARS, Recording 3 STARS BBC Music Magazine, September 2008
 
Phoenix128 Shostakovich: Cello Concertos
- Performance 3 STARS, Recording 4 STARS BBC Music Magazine, September 2008

 

 





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