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May 2009

8.570507 Ireland: Piano Trios
“Polished and instinctive readings of Ireland’s enormously appealing trios…Naxos really doing Ireland proud at the moment…a thoroughly desirable release.”
-Andrew Achenbach, Gramophone  August issue

“The Gould Trio convince me that Ireland can be listened to with other, fresher ears…the recording is impressive, bold but never overwhelming… this newcomer is a solid addition to the catalogue.”
-Piers Burton-Page, IRR June issue

“These excellent performances are distinguished by beauty of tone and a rhythmic spring and alertness… the Gould Trio bring out the music’s rhythmic variety, the nervous strength in the way the lines – admirably balanced in Naxos’s recording – are made to work against each other/// The Goulds have the edge in both polish and recording.”
-Calum MacDonald, BBC Music Magazine July issue

“Naxos’s Ireland series continues to delight. Here the Goulds reveal the quintessential English charm of his three trios, starting with the youthful Phantasie Trio and continuing with the darker but no less satisfying Second Trio. Its successor is a spirited work of maturity.”
-Andrew Clark, Financial Times, 18 April 2009

“This is a fascinating disc…with some attractively turned miniatures for violin and piano as fill-ups, the Gould Piano Trio powerfully enhances Ireland’s stature in the realms of chamber music.”
-Geoffrey Norris, The Daily Telegraph


8.572138 Shostakovich: The Girlfriends

“Shostakovich’s film score The Girlfriends is among Naxos' most enterprising recent releases, not least for including the tantalising torso of a very different 'ninth symphony'. Excellent direction from Mark Fitz-Gerald - a conductor we should hear more of on disc.”
-Richard Whitehouse, Gramophone December issue

“The ease with which Shostakovich straddles the worlds of the cinema and symphonic music is amply illustrated by this disc. His score for the film The Girlfriends, aside from using part of his First String Quartet, also contains many fingerprints familiar from his masterpieces, not least a wry humour.”
-Geoffrey Norris, The Daily Telegraph, May  30, 2009

“A wonderful collectionm of unknown and manifestly worthwhile Shostakovich… The performances are absolutely superb throughout….clearly a great deal of care has gone into the making of this disc. The recording quality is excellent and the booklet notes [are] full of the most fascinating information… I hope there is more to come.”
-Robert Matthew Walker, IRR  May issue

“This is a significant new release…painstakingly restored by Mark Fitz-Gerald, faultlessly delivered by first-class Polish musicians in bright, clear sound and deservedly annotated by no less than five experts.”
-David Nice, BBC Music Magazine  Proms issue

“Mark Fitz-Gerald puts Shostakovich aficionados further in his debt with this disc of previously unknown or unavailable music…convincingly ended here by Fitz-Gerald and incisively rendered by his Polish forces [the fragment of the 9th Symphony] rounds off a disc that – vividly recorded and copiously annotated – should be in every Shostakovich collection.”
-Richard Whitehouse, Gramophone,  September issue


8.660272-73 Stravinsky: Rake's Progress
“It’s a thoroughly lived-in performance, with the Orchestra of St Luke’s and a spirited young American cast.”
-Andrew Clark, Financial Times, 2 April 2009

“An Anglophone cast benefits Auden and Kallman’s text while Robert Craft’s neat conducting highlights the delicate ironies of Stravinsky’s neoclassical score.”
-George Hall, BBC Music Magazine, November issue


8.570988 Khachaturian: Violin Concerto
“The performance is terrific…. Nicolas Koeckert is the glamorous, devil-may-care soloist and the Royal Philharmonic is on sensuous form for José Serebrier.”
Unknown, The Guardian 12-06-09



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