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December 2009

8.570824 CRESSWELL: The Voice Inside
“Judd and the NZSO offer up four superb works in this celebration of New Zealand born, Scots based composer Lyell Cresswell…all represent Cresswell in truly magnificent form… Cresswell's powerful and evocative scoring is quite breathtaking at times.”
-Kenneth Walton, The Scotsman  30th November 2009


“Far livelier Christmas listening arrives with Naxos’s recording of The Manchester Carols, a bright new cycle of delights from the poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy and composer Sasha Johnson Manning, an indefatigable melodist… tunes lodge in the brain very quickly and Duffy’s sprightly words have the gift of making the Christmas narrative seem a contemporary event… resoundingly festive.”
-Geoff Brown, The Times 11th December 2009


“Borup and Conner capture the gentle whimsy and charm of much of this music to captivating effect.”
-Julian Haylock, Classic FM Magazine, March 2010


8.660261-62 Donizetti: Maria Stuarda
“[Maria Pia Piscitellil] deserves more recognition. Her voice is of a very fine quality. It gleams and shines, can soar impressivly and is smoothly produced… Thus we have an admirable soprano, a generally convincing cast, a conductor who conveys both anger and regret, a splendid opera and all at an enticing price.”
-International Record Review, February 2010


8.570781 Ligeti String Quartets Nos 1 & 2
“A new quartet launches into Ligeti - and the results are impressive…[The Parkers] make one eager to hear more contemporary repertory from them, especially when so efficiently recorded and at super-budget price.”
-Arnold Whittall, Gramophone, April 2010


8.572189 Messiaen Harawi
“An impressive debut for a soprano who lets Messiaen's music do the talking… Naxos' recording equally reveals that Kristoffer Hyldig is a fine new Messiaen pianist.”
-Peter Quantrill, Gramophone, April 2010


8.572159 DVORAK Piano Quartets
“Here they are played by musicians who empathise with every note. This Czech ensemble fills the music with airy rhythmic drive, balancing attack and lightness, melting into the soulful slow movements as well as the nostalgic ache that surfaces so often.”
-Jessica Duchen, Classic FM Magazine, April 2010

“These players have a natural ownership of Dvorak’s music, throwing his lilting, fluid themes around with an easy charm…Hugely enjoyable.”
-Stephen Pritchard, The Observer, 24th January 2010


“Three fine Danish violin sonatas in beautifully shaped performances…. Impeccably prepared."
-Guy Rickards, Gramophone May 2010




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