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PRESS REVIEWS 2010



October 2010

8.572173 REGER Clarinet Sonatas
“The sonatas sound at home here in a relatively intimate acoustic. Janet Hilton revels in the Art Nouveau tendrils of Reger’s melodic lines, and Jakob Fichert in the intricate cross-rhythms of his piano parts; and their teamwork is exemplary.”
-Anthony Burton, BBC Music Magazine, March 2011

 

2.110613 ADAMO Little Women
“What was an outstanding cast in 2000 is still outstanding today… As a calling-card for Mark Adamo… this release is also a convincing demonstration that Little Women could be an audience-pleaser wherever it plays.”
-Laurence Vittes, Gramophone Magazine, March 2011

 

 

8.572305 SIBELIUS Symphonies Nos.1 and 3
“Pietari Inkinen’s two previous Sibelius anthologies for Naxos were full of insight, and the same holds true for this furst instalment in a new cycle of the symphonies… as before, the young Finn draws playing if infectious zeal from the NZSO (what an accomplished band they have become in recent years), and his cannily paced and scrupulously prepared readings have much in their favour: intelligence, tastefulness and honesty are the watchwords here… This is a most persuasive start to Inkinen’s cycle, with outstandingly vivid sound a further bonus. I look forward to future volumes.”
-Andrew Achenbach, Gramophone Magazine, December 2010

“The New Zealand players have expertise, good ensemble and enthusiasm. In short, they are dedicated, thoughtful readings and I soon forgot that I was listening to them for review, and found myself just listening for pleasure.”
-Robert Layton, International Record Review, November 2010

“Finnish born [Pietari] Inkinen is chief conductor of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra: together they made a good impression on their first two Sibelius CDs, devoted to lighter pieces. With this disc they start a cycle of the symphonies, and meet the challenge of the symphonies, and meet the challenge with a sensitivity and mellow charm that often eludes more virtuoso orchestras.”
-Andrew Clark, Financial Times, 25th September 2010

 

8.572228-29 MENDELSSOHN Elias
“There is a keen sense of the drama unfolding in front of one’s eyes, and an unfailingly musical quality to Jun Märkl’s direction that is enormously satisfying.”
-Julian Haylock, Classic FM Magazine, January 2011

This is in every way a ‘big’ Elijah. Climaxes are full-blooded from both orchestra and chorus, and in the narrative sections conductor Jun Märkl brings out the drama with telling use of contrasts in both texture and tempo. Most important of all, Ralf Lukas’s Elijah is the impatient, hot-tempered prophet imagined by Mendelssohn, initially angry at what God is putting him through, and accepting only gradually that wisdom comes throu8gh suffering.
-Roger Nichols, BBC Music Magazine, December 2010

“Sung in German and with a fine line-up of soloists in Ruth Ziesak, Claudia Mahnke, Christoph Genz and Ralf Lukas, this excellent performance of Mendelssohn’s great Biblical oratorio thrills both in the surges of choral glory and in the moments of tender reflection.”
-Geoffrey Norris, The Daily Telegraph, 9th October 2010

 

8.572336 CHOPIN Piano Concerto No.2
“The Warsaw Philharmonic and their conductor Antoni Wit must have accompanied the Second Piano Concerto many dozens of times, but you wouldn’t think so from their fresh, anti-routine way with the concerto’s orchestral introduction.”
-Malcolm Hayes, Classic FM Magazine, January 2011

EDITOR’S CHOICE
“Tempi are judged to a nicety and, once again, in the finale of the concerto, Nebolsin’s insouciant playfulness is a real delight.”
-Jeremy Nicholas, Gramophone Magazine, November 2010

 

 

 

 





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