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March 2009

8.572082 SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No 11 ‘The Year 1905’
“Petrenko – supported by an extremely responsive orchestra that plays with tight ensemble and excellent timbral discipline – gives us a remarkably coherent performance…Petrenko certainly outclasses the rather neutral Pletnev and the sometimes turgid Rostropovich.”
-Peter Rabinowitz, IRR  June issue

“Vasily Petrenko and the RLPO here notch up another commanding success with a dynamic recording of Shostakovich’s Symphony No 11….The RLPO is on top form here, sensitive to the symphony’s darker colours as well as to the warning blasts and aggression of the finale. This is a gripping, visceral performance.”
-Geoffrey Norris, The Times, 5 March 2009

“Every speck of orchestral colour is given an almost startling clarity and depth…this is a recording you have to hear.”
-Geoff Brown, The Times, 7 March 2009

“The Royal Liverpool PO is enjoying a resurgence under its young Russian conductor Vasily Petrenko, as can be heard in this electrifying account of a symphony that has already been finely recorded and has emerged as a superb work rather than a patriotic potboiler. Its drama and tragedy are conveyed in strong and dignified terms with orchestral playing of high quality and a vivid recording.”
-Michael Kennedy, The Sunday Telegraph 12 April 2009

CD of the Week
“[Petrenko] achieves world-class results with a rejuvenated RLPO in this gripping account…This outstanding account of a great symphony can hold its head high among recent versions…At Naxos prices, it’s an unbeatable bargain.”
-Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times, 15 March 2009

“Petrenko succeeds marvellously in stressing [the work’s] symphonic credentials. There’s rigour and restraint in his performance, which never takes the easy, flashy route when something more musically telling can be chosen instead. The Liverpool orchestra matches that restraint with refinement. It’s an auspicious beginning.”
-The Guardian, 25 March 2009

“There’s no mistaking the rapid transformation of the RLPO’s corporate profile, no want of character, attack or rhythmic definition. Richard Whitehouse’s sensible booklet notes add to the attractions of the disc.”
-David Gutman, Gramophone, May 2009

“[Petrenko] keeps ab extremely tight grip on proceedings… The RLPO delivers an incisive and strongly committed performance with splendid and expressive solos…..[and the recording] is commendably vivid.”
-Erik Levi, BBC Music Magazine,  7 April 2009

“Petrenko gives a scorching performance of a symphony often perceived as a comedown after No. 10. The dynamic range is so wide you’ll have to choose between straining to hear the quiet passages and disturbing the neighbours; but hear it you should.”
-Richard Lawrence, Classic Fm Magazine,  14 April 2009


8.660215 RAVEL L’Enfant et les Sortilèges
“[A] stong cast and very well recorded… … Julie Boulianne has a more mature sound… the fill up items are well chosen: Sheherazade done with feeling by Boulianne for Alastair Willis and the Nashville Symphony.”
-Patrick O’Connor, Gramophone, June Issue

 “This engaging account from Nashville …..draws upon a fine cast…..there’s much to admire in this cast…The Nashville Symphony Orchestra under Allastair Willis is very impressive.”
-Christopher Dingle, BBC Music Magazine, June Issue

“There’s something about the spirit of this performance that seems closer to what Ravel might have had in mind…The delicate flavour id the opera comes across far more effectively in the Naxos account [than in the EMI version].”
-The Guardian, 25 March 2009

“A disarmingly fresh and idiomatic performance.”
-Andrew Clark, The Financial Times, 22 March 2009


8.570284 Dowland Lute Edition · 4
“Nigel North’s insights are sovereign, his spontaneity underpinned by seasoned scholarship… North has bided his time before setting down his thoughts of the ‘fuill Dowland’, but the wait has been worth it for the sheer maturity and vision of the result… set your compass to ‘magnetic North’ and delight in Dowland anew.”
-Paul Riley, BBC Music Magazine Awards issue

“Here again North is unhurried yet radiantly flowing both in terms of his ideas and their execution…yet he is [also] technically assured.”
-William Yeoman, Gramophone August issue


8.572051 Schubert Death and the Maiden · Unfinished
“JoAnn Falletta draws polished playing from the Buffalo Philharmonic, specially impressive for wind solos… Good, clean sound.”
-Edward Greenfield, Gramophone June issue


8.570284 Dowland Lute Edition middot; 4

“The English Orpheus was never better served than by this British lutenist’s complete recordings of his lute music, here brought to a triumphant conclusion. Nigel North’s tone is wonderfully sweet, a quality he believes his exemplar shared.”
-Michael Church , The Independent,  1 August 2009



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