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July 2010

8.572414 CASELLA Symphony No. 2
“Casella’s music itself is full of vim and originality, evident from the first two discs of Naxos’s enterprising series….let’s be grateful for what we have and two Naxos for a most worthwhile series.”
-Guy Rickards, Gramophone Awards issue


8.572371 CIMAROSA Requiem
“Kirk Trevor is in impressive command of his Slovak forces.”
-Richard Lawrence, Classic FM Magazine November 2010



8.559667 COPLAND/ALDRIDGE Clarinet Concertos
“David Singer is a good soloist and the orchestra provides warm support.”
-Warwick Thompson, Classic FM Magazine, October 2010



8.570794 Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream
“Anyone who doubts the virtuosity and refinement of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra should hear these splendid performances under James Judd.”
-Edward Greenfield, Gramophone, October 2010

“The finished product is thoroughly entertaining, containing as it does a lot of music never before heard by those who only know the popular orchestral stuff.”
-David Mellor, The Mail  on Sunday, 15th August 2010

“The NZSO is more than respectable….[the chorus and soloists] all respond with becoming lightness and charm to this extraordinary music.”
-Roger Nichols, BBC Music Magazine, October 2010

“On disc, as in this English language version, you discover and enjoy so much more [to the incidental music]…. Judd’s New Zealand and British forces… make it a rewarding experience.”
-David Cairns, The Sunday Times, 11th July 2010

“With violins clearly divided left and right and the whole orchestra enveloped in a warm acoustical glow, Mendelssohn’s magical score to Shakespeare’s delightful comedy has rarely sounded as ravishing as here… a performance that has one wondering afresh at the composer’s sparkling invention.”
-Julian Haylock, Classic FM Magazine September 2010


8.572119 SCHMIDT Symphony No. 3
“Sinaisky and the Malmö Symphony prove once more how much they are on Schmidt’s wavelength.”
-Guy Rickards, Gramophone Magazine, November 2010

“Vassily Sinaisky’s performance with the Malmo orchestra … plays every movement for all it’s worth.”
-Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 16th July 2010

“[The 3rd Symphony] here receives a performance of surely prize-winning vitality from Vassily Sinaisky and his Swedish orchestra as part of their ongoing and consistently impressive cycle of Schmidt symphonies.&Rdquo;
-Mark Pappenheim, BBC Music Magazine August 2010


8.572426 BUTTERWORTH A Shropshire Lad
“No lover of British song should miss hearing what Roderick Williams and Iain Burnside have to bring to this gorgeous repertoire… An enticeingly low price tag further enhances the appeal of what may well be Williams’s finest disc to date. Recommended with enthusiasm.”
-Andrew Achenbach, Gramophone Awards issue

“[A Shropshire Lad’s] qualities of melancholic reverie and suppressed yearning are quite beautifully rendered.”
-Rupert Christiansen, The Daily Telegraph, 17th July 2010

“In a vivid musical partnership with pianist Iain Burnside, Roderick Williams captures the mix of jauntiness and melancholy, adding tender flashes of wit.”
-Fiona Maddocks, The Observer, 4th July 2010

“Williams, accompanied by Iain Burnside, proves a winning advocate, thanks partly to his crisp, fresh baritone, but mainly because of the way he distinguishes between the character of each song, so that this recital never loses momentum.”
-Andrew Clark, Financial Times, 3rd July 2010

“Sung here by Roderick Williams with his customary warmth of tone and expression. The pianist Iain Burnside is in equal sympathy with the music.”
-Michael Kennedy, The Sunday Telegraph, 4th July 2010

“The wonderful refinement and care with every morsel of text that Williams has shown in his earlier contributions to this series pay dividends here again – his musical poise and sheer beauty of tone…sets the standard, and Burnside is a model partner. At Naxos’s budget price it should be irresistible.”
-Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 2nd July 2010

“Roderick Williams is the soloist whose appreciation of the idiom is gloriously supported by the pianist Iain Burnside.”
-Richard Lawrence, Classic FM Magazine September 2010

“Another collection from Roderick Williams, rapidly becoming the voice of this repertoire - and not without reason.”
-Michael Scott Rohan, BBC Music Magazine August 2010



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