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February 2009

8.570550 IRELAND Sextet
 “Ravishing playing..This disc is a most welcome addition to the catalogue of recordings of John Ireland’s chamber music…Plane, Neary and Rahman give a sensitive reading of a style that is much more distinctly ‘Irelandesque’ in its assimilation of French sonorities and sound moments, Planes hushed playing being especially enthralling.”
-Jeremy Dibble, Gramophone, 27 April 2009

“A valuable, intriguing disc.”
-Calum MacDonald, BBC Music Magazine, 7 April 2009


8.572240 Emma Johnson Recital
“Johnson gives it all her customary expressive colour and technical brilliance.”
-Classic FM Magazine, April 2009

“The whole programme is played with great polish and flair. It’s bound to delight Johnson’s many fans, and increase their number.”
-BBC Music Magazine, April 2009

“[Johnson] creates an attractive hybrid tone with John Lenehan’s piano.”
-Gramophone, April 2009


8.570792 BRIDGE Piano Trios
“Liebeck, Chaushian and Wass argue Bridge’s case with a compelling mix of bravura and sensitivity.”
-Andrew Clark, The Financial Times

“The players on this new disc, including noted Bridge specialist Ashley Wass as pianist, understand these widely divergent idioms perfectly, and display some superb ensemble playing… nothing other than a joy to hear.”
-BBC Music Magazine, March 2009

“Wass and company lend [the music] exhilarating advocacy in a realisation of enviable security, unswerving concentration and burning conviction….Tip-top production values from Andrew Walton and exemplary notes by Andrew Burn set the seal on an irresistible bargain.” Gramophone April
-Gramophone, April 2009


8.570723 SZYMANOWSKI Harnasie
“Wit shows his wisdom in powerful performances of Polish theatre music”
-Arnold Whitall, Gramophone, 27 April 2009

“It’s strange that the gorgeously rhapsodic, folk-influenced music of Symanowski has not established a stronger place in the repertory…Conductor Antoni Wit is the master of this strange but beautiful musical idiom.”
-Nicholas Kenyon, The Observer

Orchestral Music Choice
“Both works are delivered here in authoritative performances—a marvellous addition to this much-praised Szymanowski series.”
-BBC Music Magazine, April 2009


8.559363 CARTER String Quartets Nos 2, 3 & 4
“These performances emanate a vitality of drama and a finesse of tonal colouring and dynamic inflection that expose the heart and humanity that lie beneath the music’s surface. The Pacifica’s interpretations couldn’t be more compelling.”
-Geoffrey Norris, The Daily Telegraph

“A thrilling, vivid journey through these intellectually invigorating works.”
-Sarah Urwin Jones, The Times

“The Pacifica have absorbed this music totally, and play it with a natural authority that no group before has ever matched.”
-The Guardian

“The Pacifica’s cycle began last year with superb accounts of the First and Fifth Quartets, and in the remaining works they easily maintain the standard they set themselves there.”
-BBC Music Magazine, March 2009

“Both sound and booklet-notes are up to the standard of the earlier disc, thus making its successor an equally indispensable acquisition.”
-Gramophone, April 2009


8.111256 ELGAR Symphony No 1
“It’s a joy to be reintroduced to these wonderful performances…these are landmarks in an Elgarian’s experience. As for the captivating Falstaff, recorded two years later in 1932, it’s hard to imagine a more brilliantly convincing reading.”
-David Cairns, The Sunday Times, February 8, 2009



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