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November 2009

8.572287 Dickinson Mass of the Apocalypse
“Peter Dickinson and Philip Larkin make a surprisingly plausible pairing.”
-Philip Clark, Gramophone June issue


8.572304 Vaughan Williams Piano Concerto
 “Ashley Wass and the RLPO give a shining account in this collection, which in 70 minutes manages to give a deft illustration of the vastness of his range.”
-Stephen Pritchard, The Observer  November 8th 2009

 “Wass’s commanding way with the solo part is beautifully poised…James Judd secures orchestral accompaniments of brilliant colour and focus… The recorded sound, too, finds an ideal balance between capturing precise detail and the broader spaces around it.”
-Malcolm Hayes, BBC Music Magazine  Christmas issue

 “Ashley Wass delivers the solo part with impressive command and the orchestra’s playing everywhere has brilliant colour and focus. Outstanding recorded sound.”
-Malcolm Hayes , Classic FM  January 2010 issue

 “This fine performance, [is] superbly recorded in clean, perfectly balanced sound… the other works on the disc make an attractive programme… Naxos again offers a disc of the highest quality at superbudget price.”
-Edward Greenfield, Gramophone  Christmas issue

 “[The Piano Concerto] receives passionate endorsement from Wass… and the commitment from the RLPO ,too, is palpable… the Concerto is rightly the centrepiece here, and approving VW enthusiasts will naturally want this for their shelves……Andrew Burn provides an exemplary note.”
-Piers Burton-Page, International Record Review  December issue

“Vaughan Williams’s Piano Cncerto receives a powerful and at time poignant performance from Wass and the RLPO…worth hearing.”
-Geoffrey Norris, The Daily Telegraph, 7th November 2009

“This new recording by Ashley Wass makes it easy to understand why Bartok thought so well of [the Piano Concerto]… it’s a powerful piece.”
-David Mellor, The Mail, 10th January 2010


8.570323 ROUSSEL Symphony No. 1

“First rate performances.”
-Andrew Clark, 31 October 2009

“Deneve and the RSNO have already proven themselves to be fine advocates of Roussel's music, and this is no exception, with plenty of colour and panache.”
-Christopher Dingle, BBC Music Mag January 2010

“Deneve excels in flagging up Roussel's supple ear for hybrid washes of colour.”
-Philip Clark, Classic FM Mag, February 2010

“Three early Roussel scores played with élan – and the symphony is a winner… Highly recommended.”
-Guy Rickards, Gramophone, January 2010

“This is a fine performance by the RSNO and Deneve, with their warm-toned playing capturing the big moments splendidly while still finding the right colours for those shadowy glimpses of a forest glade….the booklet contains an excellent introductory essay.”
-Peter Marchbank, International Record Review, February 2010


8.572009 Franck Piano Quintet
“Both [works] are impressive and perhaps the most significant contributions to French chamber music before Fairé, Debussy and Ravel…The pairing is a generous, useful one.”
-Andrew Clements, The Guardian 6th November 2009

“The FAQ bring a warm tone to the work, and there are some wonderfully idiomatic portamento sighs. They are at their very best in the slow movements, with Christina Ortiz matching their ebb and flow perfectly in the Quintet.”
-Christopher Dingle, BBC Music Magazine Christmas issue

“This outstanding disc of two of Franck's late masterpieces….[here receives] a performance of a special musical refinement and commitment.” Editor’s choice
-Bryce Morrison, Gramophone  February 2010 issue

“The FAQ makes an excellent job…. A thoroughly coherent piece of ensemble playing…Ortiz shares some exquisite moments among her companions….the recording… preserves a sense of spontaneity while capturing the piano's bass and upper treble notes superbly.”
-Mark Tanner, IRR, January 2010


8.572102 In Terra Pax
“Roderick Williams sings beautifully…. The City of London Choir [is in] beautifully committed voice… [a] valuable anthology.”
-Unknown, BBC Music Magazine Christmas issue

 “Familiar-sounding while still ticking the ‘something different’ box. A welcome resurrection of under-performed British gems, sung and played with great warmth.”
-Charlotte Gardner, Classic FM Magazine January 2010 issue

 “Has Finzi’s In Terra Pax been done better on disc? Williams is a deeply sympathetic soloist…..musical ingredients… blended with consummate artistry.”
-Christopher Cook, International Record Review  December issue

 “Choir, orchestra and soloists Julia Doyle and Roderick Williams on fine form… an elegant concert programme.”
-David Threasher, Gramophone  December issue

 “It’s not often I get into the spirit of Christmas, but a new recording of Finzi’s In Terra Pax is something to be celebrated and shared. The City of London Choir’s disc superbly catches the visionary quality of this music.”
-John Allison, Gramophone  December issue

“This enchanting disc delves widely and deeply… all are performed here by the City of London Choir with freshness, bloom, attentive diction and a palpable heart.”
-Geoffrey Norris, The Telegraph,  5th December 2009

“My Christmas CD of the year by a fair margin is a top quality bargain from Naxos entitled In Terra Pax… terrific.”
-David Mellor, The Mail, 20th December 2009

“The music, capturing a sense of the celestial wonder amid the pastoral lyricism, is splendidly brought to life by the excellent City of London Choir and the BSO.”
-Andrew Clark, Financial Times, 5th December 2009

“An outstanding account of one of the minor masterpieces of 20th-century English music… [In Terra Pax] is beautifully done.
-Unknown, The Guardian, 4th December 2009


8.572286 RUBBRA String Quartet
“The first volume in the Maggini Quartet's Rubbra cycle for Naxos launches in propitious fashion with a superbly intergrated reading of the absorbing Second Quartet….undeniably a  great success.”
-Andrew Achenbach, Gramophone June 2010 issue

“This recording of the Second Quartet is the first of a promised set for Naxos by the Maggini Quartet: on the evidence here it will be well worth buying….the performances throughout are of the highest standard and I recommend this disc wholeheartedly.”
-Peter Marchbank, IRR, January Issue


8.110270 ALFANO Cyrano de Bergerac
“Domingo is unquestionably moving and makes a good case for having added the title role to his huge gallery of characters… Sondra Radvanovsky matches him as a spirited Roxane, using her gleaming soprano to musical effect.”
-John Allison, BBC Music Magazine, March 2010


8.572009 Franck Piano Quintet
"Cristina Ortiz and the FAQ map out the structural flow lucidly while generating sounds of great refinement…the FAQ makes it blossom like never before."
-Philip Clark, Classic FM Magazine May ’10 issue




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