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April 2010

ODE1150-2 Tchaikovsky • Ewald
“Eschenbach’s approach to the Serenade is big and sumptuous… he does hit the heights of the love theme with aristocratic aplomb and he always reminds you what a fabulously organised symphonic movement [Francesca] is.”
-David Nice, BBC Music Magazine, October 2010

“Superbly coordinated Tchaikovsky….. consistently enjoyable listening on these CDs is provided by the two Victor Ewald quintets, delectably tuneful and idiomatically crafted morsel, delivered with wonderful poise and very real affection by the Philadelphia’s top-flight section principals.”
-Andrew Achenbach, Gramophone, September 2010


8.572288 BERKELEY Chamber Music
"Wind players have much to thank Lennox Berkeley for…Stephen Stirling’s horn playing is magical… Pianist Raphael Terroni is a constant throughout these performances and is clearly a demur yet supportive chamber player.”
-Matthew Rye, BBC Music Magazine, September 2010

“All offer excellent performances and are very well recorded with plenty of air around the sound and clean separation. Another excellent disc from Naxos, well worth the modest price.”
-Edward Greenfield, Gramophone, August 2010


8.572424 VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Sancta Civitas
"David Hill conducts excellent performances of two of Vaughan williams's greatest choral works…the choral singing is superb." |
-Michael Kennedy, The Sunday Telegraph, 2nd  May 2010

“[Vaughan Williams] would have appreciated these fine soloists, chief among them Matthew Brook, who turns anything he sings to gold…. VW devotees will find much to enjoy here.”
-Stephen Pritchard, The Observer, 2nd May 2010

“On the showing of this fine recording from Naxos [Sancta Civitas] certainly deserves a firmer place in the repertory. Conductor David Hill creates a beautiful nostalgic-numinous atmosphere, but he also has a keen sense of drama and whips up some thrilling climaxes… a great case for a neglected work.”
-Warwick Thompson, Classic FM Magazine, June 2010

“Hill, conduction the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Bach Choir, is a persuasive advocate.”
-Andrew Clark, Financial Times, 3rd April 2010

“The high-octane emotion Vaughan Williams injected is captured here with alacrity. Keen orchestral colours and pure diction from the chorus and choristers combine with Hill’s vivid reading of both scores to make this pairing a superb new addition to collectors’ shelves.”
-Matthew Power, Choir & Organ, May 2010

"David Hill conducts both these works with a strong sense of their overall shape….anyone coming to these works for the first time through these recordings is unlikely to be disappointed."
-Stephen Johnson, BBC Music Magazine, May 2010

"These performances under David Hill are fine, responsive to the beauty and the terror…[they] impress as more impassioned than Hickox's and the recorded sound has a keener range and depth of perspective."
-John Steane, Gramophone, May 2010


“[A] memorable and striking dramatic oratorio on the life of Jesus….The Passion of Mary deserves widespread currency”
-Malcolm Riley, Gramophone August 2010

“This expertly crafted, dramatic oratorio proves [Howard Blake is] a master of big-scale composition.”
-Emma Baker, Classic FM Magazine, June 2010

“The highly original oratorio and refreshing Nativity songs focus on the life of Christ through the eyes of Mary. The approachable sound-world delivers an immediacy and drama that will draw listeners in. Excellent soloists bring the texts alive.”
-Matthew Power, Choir & Organ, May 2010

"Patricia Rozario is the tireless soprano soloist, with Richard Edgar-Wilsons giving us a Peter Pears-like representation of Jesus….[Blake's writing] is technically skilled."
-George Hall, BBC Music Magazine, July 2010


8.572405 SHCHEDRIN Concertos for Orchestra
“Bournemouth's promising principal conductor Kirill Karabits….[is] well served by both his orchestra and the Naxos production team.”
-David Nice, BBC Music Magazine, August 2010

“Shchedrin’s colourful concertos for orchestra, well performed and recorded… Kirill Karabits and the BSO do brilliantly with it all, and so, crucially, do the recording engineers in capturing all the delicate and original sounds.”
-John Warrack, Gramophone, August 2010

“The Bournemouth Symphony plays the music superbly.”
-Andrew Clark, Financial Times, 8th May 2010


8.660241 S ARNOLD Polly
“The short-breathed songs bubble with exuberance and unexpected inventiveness and the performances by the light-voiced soloists of Toronto’s Aradia Ensemble are sparkling…enjoy a vivid example of popular theatre in London in the years after Handel.”
-Nicholas Kenyon, The Observer, 11th April 2010


ODE 1151-5 RACHMANINOV Liturgy of St John Chrysostom
"Rachmaninov intended his setting of the most common liturgy of the Russian Orthodox Church to be used in an ecclisiastical context, so the music - reverent, restrained and slow-moving - suits this fine performance in Riga's Dome Cathedral." The Daily Telegraph
-Paul Gent, The Daily Telegraph, 24th April 2010

"The Latvian Radio Choir's soft grained, impeccably tuned sounds serve the work's meditative qualities well, as does its sparing use of vibrato and Sigvards Klava's poetic way with phrase endings."
-Andrew Stewart, Classic FM Magazine, July 2010


ODE 1171-2 The Irresistible Karita Mattila
"Common to [all tracks] is a warm enfolding orchestral presence, and that combination of fearless strength with the ability to come intimately close to the listener which makes Mattila a totally natural crossover artist… that unmistakeable and gleaming soprano."
-Hilary Finch, BBC Music Magazine, July 2010




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