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September 2010

8.572436-37 MESSIAEN Livre du Saint-Sacrement
“That Paul Jacobs has the requisite stamina is certainly not in doubt, for he has made a speciality of performing the entirety of Messiaen’s organ output in single, nine-hour sittings.”
-'Christopher Dingle, BBC Music Magazine, March 2011


8.557533 SCHOENBERG String Quartets Nos.3 and 4
“It has long been clear that Robert Craft likes his Schoenberg fervently abrasive. Even when – as here – recordings are supervised rather than conducted by him, this quality is consistently to the fore.”
-Arnold Whittal, Gramophone Magazine, December 2010


8.572514 VENABLES On the Wings of Love
Of the two major cycles here, On the Wings of Love adds a clarinet obbligato to the statutory voice/piano partnership. Richard Hosford is exemplary here in capturing and amplifying the mood of each song, memorably so in the long, lovely introduction to the Yeats setting, ‘When you are Old’… But the clattering piano in Tennyson’s ‘Break, break, break’ and the imaginative Hardy setting A Kiss are also remarkable. Andrew Kennedy is the expressive, articulate tenor, and pianist Iain Burnside the outstanding accompanist.
-George Hall, BBC Music Magazine, December 2010


8.572032 PENDERECKI Credo
In charge of the Warsaw Philharmonic and big vocal forces, Antoni Wit conducts with authoritative fervour, bringing out the dark, brass-heavy colour. The soprano Iwona Hossa leads a well-balanced vocal quintet, although Ewa Wolak still stands out for her vocal solos. As a reminder of Penderecki’s earlier, avant-garde style, the short Cantata in honorem Almae Matris, composed in 1964 for the 600th anniversary of Kraków’s Jacellonian University, receives an arresting performance.
-John Allison, BBC Music Magazine, December 2010

“This latest contribution to Naxos’s Penderecki series, recorded in Warsaw by Polish forces under the seasoned and always enlivening control of Antoni Wit, offers another juxtaposition of earlier (radical) with more recent (conservative) compositions.”
-Arnold Whittall, Gramophone Magazine, November 2010,


8.570768 LISZT Album d’un voyageur
“This is a wonderful release revealing Wass to be eminently at one with the composer and passionately in love with the instrument.”
-Ates Orga, International Piano, November/December 2010

“Ashley Wass brings panache, power and poise to the first book of Album d’in voyageur, most of which Liszt later revised. The rarely done Apparitions of 1834 also receive a welcome airing. Wass contrasting the lyrical sensibility and passion of the first piece with the whimsy of the second, and tackling the final Fantasie on a Schubert waltz with aplomb.”
-Geoffrey Norris, The Daily Telegraph, 11 September 2010

“The 32nd issue in Naxos’s slowly progressing complete Liszt piano music, this is a distinguished offering, well recorded, of special interest and played with total music commitment.”
-Bryce Morrison, Gramophone Awards issue 2010

“Ashley Wass’s command of the young Liszt’s idiom engages both with its poetry and virtuosity… the lyricism carries beautifully."
-Malcolm Hayes, BBC Music Magazine November 2010


8.572398 STOCKHAUSEN Mantra
“There is a budget-price edition of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Mantra, for two pianos, percussion… and electronics, 40 years old this Autumn, released by Naxos next month. I am going to recommend it, even use the words “astonishing” and “masterpiece”… because for less than £5 you will be able to get hold of such mystical and yet playful thinking about melody, space and musical motion.”
-Paul Morley, The Observer 22nd August 2010

“This is a highly accomplished presentation of one of the landmark pieces in the second half of the 20th century.”
-The Guardian, 3rd September 2010


8.572297 DEBUSSY Orchestral Works · 4
“Jun Markl is a master Debussyan, who captures the magical half-lights of these scores with a rare instinct for colour and texture.”
-Julian Haylock, Classic FM Magazine November 2010


ODE1165-2 RESPIGHI Conceerto in modo misolido
“Respighi’s grandiloquent Concerto in the Mixolydian Mode of 1925 is a magnificent testament to piano opulence, fully expounded her by Olli Musionen. Respighi’s famed orchestral skills are far more prominent in the Fountains of Rome, in which Oramo and his Finnish forces provide the finesse and atmosphere.”
-Geoffrey Norris, The Daily Telegraph, 4th September 2010


ODE1147-2 SIBELIUS Violin Concerto
“Don’t be hoodwinked by Zimmermann’s uncharacteristically mannered opening entry; his partnership with John Storgårds and the Helsinki PO soon blossoms into something special – a reading of simmering intensity, steadfast concentration and dashing technical security… This is a thoroughly recommendable release.”
-Andrew Achenbach, Gramophone Magazine, January 2011

“Zimmermann is certainly an artistic force to be reckoned with.”
-Geoffrey Norris, The Daily Telegraph, 18th September 2010





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