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December 2011

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh

‘Tatiana Monogarova is very fine as Fevronya – it’s hard to think of who might sing it better these days – and the tenor Vitaly Panfilov makes a decent Vsevolod.  For anyone who doesn’t know this remarkable work, it’s a must-buy at a bargain price.’
-The Guardian, G2, 23rd March 2012

The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh is perhaps the most unusual of Russian Romantic operas with its intensely spiritual content.  It’s also the most lyrically beautiful…These are murderously difficult roles, but Tatiana Monogarova is just about the best Fevronia I’ve seen, vocally clear and sturdy.’
-Michael Scott Rohan, BBC Music Magazine, April 2012


8.572832 PHILIPS Cantiones Sacrae Quinis et Octonibus Vocibus
‘Far less well known than Byrd and Tallis, the Catholic Peter Philips (c.1560-1628) wrote expressive, intricate polyphony perhaps inspired by his stay in Rome…This music is difficult to balance well, but the Sarum Consort, with one voice to a part, achieves plangent harmony, especially in the glorious eight-voice, two-choir motet Ave Regina caelorum. Another advance in our understanding of the rich British choral repertory.’
-Nicholas Kenyon, The Observer, 15th January 2012


8.572580 BOWEN Viola Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2; Phantasy
‘Matthew Jones and Michael Hampton’s enthusiastic and sympathetic performances bring out Bowen’s style in spades, especially in the slower central movements, and Jones’s generous tone is admirable well suited to this brazenly Romantic repertoire, especially in the lyrical parts of the later and more mature Phantasy of 1918, above all in the wonderful Poco adagio, where the sense of control is particularly persuasive and affecting.’
-Jeremy Dibble, Gramophone, March 2012

‘The performances are stellar.  Viola player Matthew Jones spins a web of ceaseless, mesmerising musicianship that draws the ear unerringly into every phrase.  Pianist Michael Hampton matches him for skill.’
-Malcolm Hayes, BBC Music Magazine, January 2012


8.572787 RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Orchestral Suites

In the musical picture Sadko as much as in the suites from the operas The Snow Maiden, Mllada and The Golden Cockerel, Gerard Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony conjure up a scintillating aura of the myth, magic and melodic allure that are fundamental to Rimsky-Korsakov’s style.  There is plenty of energy coupled with subtlety in conveying a radiant spectrum of instrumental colours’.
-Geoffrey Norris, The Daily Telegraph, 26th November 2011




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