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August 2010

8.572335 CHOPIN Piano Concerto No. 1
“[Nebolsin] proves himself a scintillating and persuasive Chopinist, alive to every detail and, indeed, subtly highlighting a few that are generally ignored… with any luck, Nebolsin and Wit will oblige… with the Second Concerto.”
-Jeremy Nicholas, Gramophone Awards issue 2010

“The Warsaw Philharmonic under Antoni Wit spare no effort….The excellent Eldar Nebolsin…whose singing touch and genial musicality shine out.”
-Jessica Duchen, BBC Music Magazine November 2010

“[Nebolsin’s] ongoing cycle of Chopin’s works for piano and orchestra for Naxos… will doubtless add to his growing reputation as one of classical music’s greatest firebrands… his virtuosity often creates a sense of high drama.”
-Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 13th August 2010

“Nebolsin lets the music unfold with natural energy, matching its liquid flamboyance with a neat sense of timing…the orchestra offers a sensitive underlay to the soloist.”
-Kenneth Walton, The Scotsman, 16th August 2010


8.559648 SEREBRIER Symphony No. 1
“As with all the works on this generous CD – but especially the Symphony – the music is wholly worthwhile. This remarkably successful and accomplished issue deserves a very strong recommendation.”
-Robert Matthew-Walker, International Record Review, November 2010

“It’s all well played by the versatile Bournemouth SO under the composer, with committed contributions from the veteran bassist Gary Karr and the outstanding violinist Philippe Quint, and clearly recorded.”
-Anthony Burton, BBC Music Magazine, October 2010


8.572497 IRELAND Violin Sonatas
“With well balanced sound the disc makes a welcome addition to Naxos’s growing library of British chamber works from a period too often neglected.”
-Edward Greenfield, Gramophone Awards issue 2010

“Gould and Frith have the easy, genial, improvisatory nature of the First Violin Sonata nailed…Neary plays with sure-fingered technique and sonorous tone.”
-Charlotte Gardner, Classic FM Magazine November 2010

“Here [the Violin Sonatas] receive splendid advocacy from Lucy Gould and Benjamin Frith….Alice Neary’s account of [the Cello Sonata] is similarly powerful…though all three performers are firs rate, throughout it’s Frith’s piano playing, the masterly way he unfolds both the rhetoric and the intricacy of Ireland’s taxing piano parts, that gives these performances a special verve.”
-Calum MacDonald, BBC Music Magazine, October 2010

“All three performances certainly extract as much musical juice out of the pieces as they can.”
-Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 20th August 2010

“Anyone who instinctively shies away from Ireland’s languid late romanticism might be persuaded of a more muscular side to his musical personality by these two violin sonatas, excellently played here.”
-Geoffrey Norris, The Daily Telegraph, 31st July 2010

“The Ireland Sonatas are sweet, uncomplicated and, unlike Alwyn’s chamber oeuvre, unmistakably English. The performances are fine.”
-Andrew Clark, Financial Times,  7th August 2010


8.572425 ALWYN Chamber Music
“Altogether a fine survey, splendidly played and recorded.”
-Edward Greenfield, Gramophone Awards issue 2010

“With such a starry line up of players the high quality of these performances will surely come as no surprise…A generous and valuable collection of Alwyn’s chamber music, including a captivating world premiere of the Viola Sonatina.”
-Julian Haylock, Classic FM Magazine November 2010

“Performances and recording both excel, with Sarah-Jane Bradley’s viola playing outstanding and Sophia Rahman’s accompaniments a model of supportive expertise throughout.”
-Malcolm Hayes, BBC Music Magazine November 2010

“Alwyn’s chamber music bristles with piquant ideas. Every phrase has a spark, challenging it’s interpreters while giving the listener a feast of gently angular lyricism…. in performance[s] of extraordinary vivacity from the Hermitage String Trio.”
-Andrew Clark, Financial Times,  7th August 2010

“An interesting glimpse into William Alwyn’s developments from the sweet melodies from the 1930s to the bleaker, angrier man of the 1960s.”
-Stephen Pritchard, The Observer, 1st August 2010


“Philippe Quint is an excellent Paganini player – his technique is up to the mark, with alluring tone quality and expressive, stylish playing of the quasi-operatic cantabile music.”
-Duncan Druce, Gramophone Magazine, November 2010

“Philippe Quint possesses the ideal combinations of tonal allure, technical finesse and expressive intensity to bring these Pagnini adaptations pulsatingly to life… truly phenomenal. Warmly recommended.”
-Julian Haylock, BBC Music Magazine November 2010

“This collection produces guaranteed crowd-pleasers performed with tremendous pace and style by Quint.”
-Jane Jones, Classic FM Magazine, October 2010




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