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October 2009

8.669022-24 Adams: Nixon in China
“Nixon is a young man’s opera – loud, louder, loudest. But Alsop balances rhythmic drive with careful pointers to Adam’s later, more lyrical achievements…Robert Orth gives a remarkable sung impression of the president’s speaking voice.”
-Anna Picard , BBC Music Magazine December 2009

“Naxos’ new Nixon… seems doubly auspicious, given Orth’s experience in the title role… and given the guiding experience of Marin Alsop, a vastly more inventive and subtle conductor that Edo de Waart who presided over the Nonesuch version…Orth is an impressive Nixon.”
-Peter J. Rabinowitz, International Record Review December issue

“A new recording has long been due…Marin Alsop is the persuasive conductor… the newer singers make a strong line up… Robert Orth is powerful yet detailed in the title role.”
-John Allison, Gramophone  December issue

“Alsop lets you hear the workings of the music…. Adams’s score hasn’t dated a bit. It’s come up gleaming anew. And at budget price, Naxos’s Nixon  really is one for our times.”
-Andrew Mellor, Classic FM Magazine  December 2009

“Adams’s driving rhythms, Alice Goodman’s insightful libretto and an ensemble – including singers from the 1987 premiere -  give their all under Marin Alsop’s conducting. It goes to make this live 2008 recording deserving of a hearing.”
-Alexander Bryce, Scotland on Sunday, 28th February 2010


8.572167 Shostakovich: Symphonies 5 & 9

“A truly breaktaking response from Vasily Petrenko and his now world-class Liverpudlians… superb playing all round.”
-David Nice, BBC Music Magazine December 2009

“The long violin lines in No. 5 are expressively done, and the woodwind and brass are first-class throughout.”
-Richard Lawrence, Classic FM Magazine  December 2009

“St Petersburg comes to Liverpool in an impressive Shostakovich symphony coupling…  the performance as a whole is deft and undeniably persuasive…If things continue like this Petrenko may well prove himself an orchestra builder of distinction in the Koussevitsky mould. Recommended.”
-David Gutman, Gramophone  December 2009

“The Petrenko effect on the RLPO is evident in this contrasting pairing of Shostakovich symphonies – an epic, broadly conceived fifth and a wittily sardonic Ninth.”
-Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times,  6th December 2009

“[This disc] seems to be as much documentary evidence of the RLPO’s renaissance under Petrenko as they are confirmations of his qualities as a Shostakovich conductor… the orchestral playing is quite outstanding in both.”
-Andrew Clements, The Guardian 30th October 2009

“Petrenko’s achievement is astonishing. Naxos’ recording is outstandingly clear and the performance is world class…an unmissable bargain.”
-Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times 1st November  2009

“Vasily Petrenko has brought Liverpool’s orchestra back into the top rank. Its acutely responsive account of the great Fifth Symphony is evidence of the close rapport between the players and their young conductor.”
-Michael Kennedy, The Sunday Telegraph, 10th January 2010


8.570895 Strauss: Sinfonia Domestica
“The work is an amazing example of R Strauss’s brilliance… an affectionate, warmly expressed performance that is not afraid to linger and express emotions… an enjoyable, well-prepared, hardworking version that is decently recorded.”
-Colin Anderson, International Record Review November issue

“Wit and his Weimar orchestra have already established their Strauss credentials…the vivid and often charming detail of the composer’s autobiographical narrative is affectionately observed.”
-Ivan March, Gramophone, January 2010 issue

“Antoni Wit and the Staatskapelle Weimar make a strong case for the piece…[Metamorphosen] is beautifully done and quite ravishingly played.”
-Tim Ashley, The Guardian,  13th November 2009

“Wit Certainly celebrates its purely musical values… indeed , I don’t think I have ever heard so much detail coming from the middle range of the orchestra… More Strauss from this team, please.”
-David Nice, BBC Music Magazine,  January 2010 issue


8.572174 Messiaen Poemes pour Mi
“This is a delicious programme…Schwanewilms has a lovely voice, yet also has the requisite power when needed…Jun Maerkl and his Lyon forces provide sterling support.”
-Christopher Dingle, BBC Music Magazine Christmas issue


8.572317 Rutti Requiem
“Rutti’s voice is unquestionably distinctive. The Bach Choir has clearly taken this Requiem to its collective heart… and performs it with involving fervency under the experienced direction of the excellent David Hill.”
-Terry Blain, BBC Music Magazine  Christmas issue

“Rutti’s new Requiem is one to relish and it is passionately performed here… The Bach Choir under David Hill respond to this with warmth and passion and soloists Olivia Robinson and Edward Price are outstanding… the recording, made in St Johns Smith Square, is wonderful, responding to the wide sonic and dynamic range of the music is every detail.”
-Ivan Moody, Gramophone December issue


8.570497 Tippett String Quartets · 2
“The Tippett Quartet’s well integrated sound is a pleasure throughout, and together with their first Tippett disc this completes a rewarding survey.”
-Arnold Whittall, Gramophone, January 2010 issue


NBD 0001-04 HAYDN The Virtual Haydn
- Complete Works for Solo Keyboard (Blu-ray, HD)

“This is extraordinary. Epithets such as 'landmark' or 'ground-breaking' are often used in the marketing of recordings, but this is one of those truly rare occasions when, in several respects, new ground is being traversed, with importance beyond the repertoire involved...this  is as stimulating, sincere, thoughtful, spirited and joyful a traversal of Haydn's solo keyboard works as you will find anywhere...Tom Beghin simply gives superlative performances.”
-Christopher Dingle, BBC Music Magazine, March 2010




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