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June 2009

8.570938 Faure: Piano Quintets
“The FAQ has a notably ‘golden age’ approach, drawgin on the aesthetic of an era not far from Faure’s own and bringing both quintets fully to life… Ortiz’s playing blends in sensitively, dousing the texture with showers of pianistic glitter; and the ensemble’s vibrant emotionalism… emphasises the questing exploration within the composer’s elusive language.”
-Jessica Duchen, BBC Music Magazine July Issue

“[The FAQ’s] approach is warmly expressive, their phrasing generous and intense, so that the music’s French pedigree is never in doubt…. At budget price this is a real snip.”
-Unknown, The Guardian, 19 June 2009

“Ideally balanced and recorded, Ortiz and the FAQ offer performances that our warmly affectionate, fluent and musicianly to the core. Surpassing even Domus’s fine Hyperion disc, these are outstanding readings and Ortiz in particular is memorably sensitive to Fauré’s subtle and intricate piano writing.”
-Bryce Morrison, Gramophone  September issue

“Beautifully played by Ortiz…the great merit of this disc is the perfect integration of the piano into the quartet.”
-Paul Gent, The Daily Telegraph, 20 June 2009

“If you don’t already know the quintets, here is your introduction. The performances are nuanced. At bargain price, it’s a snip.”
-Andrew Clark, The Financial Times, 27 June 2009


8.570791 Korngold: Violin Concerto

“[Other soloists] can’t compare in gorgeous tone with Philippe Quint on Naxos, whose account of the solo part is arguably the best on CD.”
-David Mellor, The Mail on Sunday, May 24, 2009

“This performance by Philippe Quint and the  Mexican orchestra relishes its full-blooded lyricism and the finale’s energy. Korngold’s prodigious talent is manifest in the substantial, stirring Schauspiel Overture and in the exuberant incidental music he wrote for a 1920 production of Much Ado about Nothing.”
-Geoffrey Norris, The Daily  Telegraph May 24, 2009

“Here [Philippe Quint has] produced one of the most persuasive and empathetic recordings of the Korngold Violin Concerto in the catalogue. His seductive tone captivates from the first note, his quicksilver virtuosity suits the piece to perfection, and he gives the work precisely the shaded, bittersweet magic it deserves.”
-Jessica Duchen, BBC Music Magazine, October issue

“Korngold’s lush, lyrical concerto in a subtle and compelling performance… not only does Quint give a masterly performance, but equally compelling is the playing of the Mexican orchestra under Carlos Miguel Prieto, another rising young star. Not least remarkable is the balance of the orchestra by the engineers, who ensure that every line is heard, even in the biggest tuttis. A splendid bargain.”
-Edward Greenfield, Gramphone  August issue

“Quint’s fine series of recordings for Naxos continues with a glowing account of Korngold’s glorious violin concerto….he negotiates the finale’s acrobatic hurdles with virtuoso aplomb and shapes the slow movement’s melody with a loving sensitivity to melt even the sternest disposition.”
-Julian Haylock, Classic FM  August issue

“A gritty, intense and dramatic reading of the Korngold Concerto. Quint is a player who compels attention, producing music-making of urgent commitment combined with technical mastery…. He is a soloist who doesn’t only relish the work’s lush late romanticism but also brings out its rhythmic drive and energy as few others have. His partners in this excellent performance are the Mexican Orchestra Sinfonica de Mineria, conducted by Carlos Miguel Prieto – an admirable ensemble which delivers playing of precision and enthusiasm…. I urge you to hear this disc – at super-budget price, it’s an excellent bargain.”
-Nigel Simeone, IRR  July/August issue


8.572261 Delius: Violin Sonatas

“Stanzeleit rises to the challenge of the established works, which are tauter than Delius’s other music and just as lyrical.”
-Andrew Clark, Financial Times, May 30, 2009

“Susanne Stanzeleit engages powerfully and beautifully with the music’s ongoing melodising and finds much light and shade in the Third Sonata.”
-Malcolm Hayes, Classic FM Magazine  August issue

“In Susanne Stanzeleit and gustav Fenyo they have certainly found worthy interpreters: the subtlety of their rubato and the sheer responsive plasticity of Stanzeleit’s phrasing of the long melodic lines, which can so often seem to meander but here are a moment-to-moment index of feeling, are exemplary.”
-Calum MacDonald, BBC Music Magazine  Proms issue

“These excellent, passionate performances enhance Delius’s reputation as a composer of chamber music no end…there is plenty of bone and muscle in these pieces – as in the performances – which lends them a marked intensity.”
-Geoffrey Norris, The Daily Telegraph  27-06-09

“Susanne Stanzeleit’s tone shimmers particularly in the slow movement of the third sonata.”
-Geoffrey Norris, The Daily Express  03-07-09


8.557793 Bruch: Violin Concertos Nos. 2 & 3
“In the expressive and sympathetic hands of Maxim Fedotov, a highly distinguished Russian violinist, [Bruch’s Violin Concertos] Nos. 2 & 3 receive a much-deserved chance to shine”
-Jessica Duchen, Classic FM Magazine, September issue


8.570739 Nielsen: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5
“Nielsen – and Shostakovich – lovers should not hesitate.”
-Richard Lawrence, Classic FM Magazine, September issue

“Schonwandt and the DNSO do Nielsen proud.”
-Andrew Clark, Financial Times, 11 July 2009



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