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January 2010

8.572458 RACHMANINOV Symphony 2
"Slatkin's live performance with the DSO which really held attention…here is a performance warmed by musicians who clearly love this symphony… hearing his performance one is convinced that his musicians are truly inside the music emotionally."
-Daniel Jaffé, BBC Music Magazine, June issue

"With this bargain offering there is no longer any financial excuse for omitting this wonderful romantic symphony from your collection. This performance by the DSO under Slatkin is first-rate and the recording made my speakers sit up and pay attention.”
-Tully Potter, Daily Mail, 7th May 201

“Slatkin's willingness to give his players plenty of time brings a classy response. In the slow movement's beautiful main tune, too, the principal clarinettist is as haunting a soloist as you'll hear.”
-Malcolm Hayes, Classic FM Magazine, March 2010

“The Detroit Symphony has always been a better ensemble than its reputation would suggest, and there’s much to admire here too: the brass playing is generally excellent (the stopped horns are especially effective), and the strings manage to provide sweetness without cloying….well worth your attention.”
-Peter J Rabinowitz, International Record Review, February 2010

“Well played and with a recorded sound that faithfully reproduces the distinctive blend of richness and subtlety in Rachmaninoff’s orchestration, the performance is pliable but unexaggerated, poignant and powerful.”
-Geoffrey Norris, The Daily Telegraph, 16th January 2010


8.572206 MARTINU Piano Concertos · 1
“Koukl understands the ebb and flow of these volatile works well and is certainly up to their technical demands.”
-Stephen Johnson, BBC Music Magazine, October 2010

“Buoyant and exuberant performances… Koukl receives splendid support [from the orchestra] under Arthur Fagen and Naxos's sound is first rate, clear and bright with the right balance between soloist and orchestra. Warmly recommended.”
-Guy Rickards, Gramophone, March 2010

“In Koukl, Naxos has chosen well… This is an auspicious debut [and] extremely well played. Koukl is aided by recording quality generally of a high standard… and by an orchestral partnership under Arthur Fagen (who has recorded Martinu's Symphonies for teh label) that is - especially in the more intricate Fifth concerto - generally first class.”
-Robert Matthew-Walker, International Record Review, February 2010


8.559609 HARRIS Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6
“These are strong accounts, and admirers of the Third who want to explore Harris further won’t be disappointed.”
-Anthony Burton, BBC Music Magazine, March 2010

“Two 1940s effusions splendidly tackled by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.”
-Unknown, The Sunday Times, 23rd January 2010

“The music has considerable power and Marin Alsop’s effective advocacy ensures strong-boned playing from her Bournemouth forces.”
-Nicholas Kenyon, The Observer, 17th January 2010

“Excellent performances from Marin Alsop and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.”
-Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 29th January 2010

“I have no complaints about Alsop, who is a sympathetic advocate for Harris’s music, and certainly none about te Bournemouth musicians, who, compared to their American counterparts, bring a richer, fuller sound into play…. I think most listeners will be pleasantly surprised.”
-Raymond S. Tuttle, International Record Review, March 2010


8.557264 BEETHOVEN Ah! Perfido
“Conducted by James Judd, the performance is very grand, intense, at times genuinely ecstatic, and there are fine contributions from soprano Madeleine Pierard as a feisty Klarchen… Pierard sings with extraordinary elegance and piercing clarity of tone.”
-Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 12th February 2010

“Judd's survey of the Egmont music is finely conceived, with a  good sense of theatre as well as sensitivity….. This well produced and recorded disc also introduces… the soprano of Madelaine Pierard, bright, agile and confident…. Crisply enjoyable."
-Colin Anderson, International Record Review, March 2010


8.572447 GLAZUNOV Ruses d’Amour
“Glazunov’s ballet Les Ruses d’Amour may not be particularly well-known but it’s full of cracking tunes – as this new disc proves.”
-Unknown, Classic FM


8.660257-58 DONIZETTI Lucrezia Borgia
"Tiziano Severini leads a full blooded account, with no holding back of the conflict and mixed emotions. He maintains the momentum from scene to scene…. [Dmitra Theodossiou's] store of colours, inflexions and intensity makes her interpretion of the role convincing.... the recording is clear, allowing the listener to catch the details of.... a gripping presentation of Donizetti's opera from his home city."
-John T Hughes, International Record Review, March 2010



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