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June 2010

8.572413 CASELLA Symphony No. 1
“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


8.572123 HAYDN Nelson Mass
“The choral singing is the focus of interest here… they’re electrifying in the Kyrie… the Rebel Baroque orchestra play with just the right combination of sparseness and fire…, soprano Ann Hoyt is notably impressive.”
-Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 11th June 2010


8.559677 WHITACRE Choral Music
“The Elora Festival Singers performances are highly commendable….the mainly vibrato-less singing is warmly blended with spot-on pitching, and a welcome focus on elucidating text and structure without gimmicky effect-making…this disc [is] an excellent starting point.”
-Terry Blain, BBC Music Magazine, October 2010

“The fresh-sounding Toronto-based Elora Festival Singers obviously love this optimistic and transparently honest music. Their blend is superb, with strong – almost reedy – bass notes supporting….Tuning is always spot-on and Noel Edison draws a wide dynamic range from his singers…This stimulating and superb disc is a bargain and an absolute ‘must have’.
-Malcolm Riley, Gramophone September issue 2010


8.559636 GLASS String Quartets
“This CD has some beautiful and moving inventions…the Carducci Quartet’s performances are a marvel of sensitivity, and the recorded sound has a lovely soft glow.”
-Ivan Hewett, The Daily Telegraph, 3rd July 2010

“Admirably played by the Carduccis and at budget price.”
-Fiona Maddocks, The Observer, 20th June 2010

“The Carduccis take a cool and entirely apt approach to Glass’s string quartets… by performing these works with an intense and focused detachment, the Carduccis allow the music simply to speak for itself. They also get it right on the only work which demands a degree of emotional intensity…String Quartet No. 1.”
-Pwyll ap Sion, Gramophone September issue 2010


ODE1164-2D BACH Partitas for Solo Violin
“Korhonen’s phrasing and articulation are intelligent and musical, and the execution is clean and crisp.”
-William Yeoman, Gramophone, October 2010

“ This is the second, much anticipated, collection of Bach’s music for solo violin from the acclaimed Finnish guitarist… [Korhonen] plays with a sweet delicacy…. yet maintains an expressive tone and clarity throughout that would have delighted Bach.”
-Jane Jones, Classic FM Magazine September 2010


8.572221 BEETHOVEN String Quintets
“The Fine Arts Quartet play beautifully… these performances present a beguiling portrait.”
-Duncan Druce, Gramophone, October 2010

“The enlarged Fine Arts Quartet delivers a strongly committed performance of this work, supported by a beautifully balanced but clear recording.”
-Erik Levi, BBC Music Magazine August 2010


8.660293-94 WALLACE Lurline
“A real rarity that’s a must at bargain price for anyone interested in 19th-century opera.”
-Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 25th June 2010

“This premiere recording makes a persuasive vase for the score’s pretty, distinctly Victorian charms. A wonderful cast...[and] and the Victorian Opera Chorus and orchestra provided committed, spirited support in a rarity that is reasonably prices and well worth seeking out.”
-Andrew Collins, Opera Now, September-October 2010

“The opera has a dramatic buoyancy that Richard Bonynge establishes well in this performance.”
-Geoffrey Norris, The Daily Telegraph, 19th June 2010

“You have to hand it to Naxos: at a time when it might seem there can be no more unrecorded operas to go, they come forward with another rarity worth hearing.”
-Richard Fairman, Gramophone August 2010



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