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PRESS REVIEWS 2009



July 2009

8.572104 Parry: Songs of Farewell
“Songs of Farewell… merit[s] the attention that the Manchester Cathedral Choir gives with such care of expression … Mark Rowlinson as a ringing, robust baritone soloist will get the juices of any choral singer flowing.”
-Geoffrey Norris, The Daily Telegraph, 18 July 2009

“Bright-toned trebles, both male and female, immediately catch the ear in Manchester Cathedral Choir’s wonderfully confident survey of Parry’s sacred choral hits…At budget price, this disc provides an ideal introduction to Parry’s art.”
-Andrew Stewart, Classic FM Magazine,  October issue

“All told, this fine CD is an excellent primer to Parry’s vocal music.”
-Terry Blain, BBC Music Magazine,  November  issue

“Clarity and control in ‘cathedral’ readings of a Parry choral collection… sung with conviction, rhythmical vitality and sensitively accompanied by Jeffery Makinson.”
-Terry Blain, Gramophone  December  issue

“This fantastic survey of Parry’s sacred choral works, including I Was Glad and Songs of Farewell, makes a great argument for the composer’s inclusion into the ranks of the great composers.”
-Howard Goodall, Classic FM Magazine,  February 2010

 

8.557531 Webern: Vocal and Orchestral Works
“It’s an ideal introduction to one of the 20th century’s greatest composers, and a second volume including Weber’s other orchestral and choral works would be more than welcome.”
-Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 10 July 2009

“The fierce originality and integrity of Webern’s vision of musical perfection is never in doubt.”
-Arnold Whittall, Gramophone, October issue

“Performed with great clarity and ardour in a thrilling, warm recording…Essential listening.”
-Geoff Brown, The Times, 18 July 2009

 

8.570240 Zemlinsky: The Mermaid
CD OF THE MONTH
“This music needs to sounds elegant and louche. And in this performance from the NZSO, it does: the orchestra’s rich inner warmth evokes the sound of the Vienna Philharmonic, while its string texture is remarkable – with a genuine, audible, gossamer-like sheen… James Judd offers [a stamp of direction and purpose], and his feel for the composer’s aesthetic of beauty is acute.”
-Andrew Mellor, Classic FM Magazine, September issue

“You can’t fault [the music’s] opulent sweep, lively imagination or inventive scoring. Judd stirs the NZSO to passionate heights….[a] useful budget introduction to a composer well worth knowing.”
-Geoff Brown, The Times,  11 July 2009

“A fine achievement. James Judd certainly galvanises the NZSO into playing this challenging score with sensitivity and a good deal of virtuosity.”
-Erik Levi, BBC Music Magazine  October issue

“Seejungfrau is crammed with ravishing, expansive melodies and lush aqueous harmonies and, as the NZSO performance shows, it’s a mystery why it is not an established repertory work… James Judd’s performance is excellent.”
-UNKNOWN, The Guardian,  31 July 2009

 

8.570211 Glazunov: Masquerade
“Conducted by Dmitry Yablonsky, the performances are notably strong.”
-Tim Ashley, The Guardian,  24 July 209

 

 





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