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April 2011

8.572027 KORNGOLD Songs, Volume 1

‘The attractive young voices of soprano Britta Stallmeister and baritone Uwe Schenker-Primus fall easily on the ear and their interpretations offer many perceptive and poetic insights, as do the deft piano parts that are much more then mere adornments.’
-Adrian Edwards, Gramophone Magazine, December 2011


8.572275 SARASATE Music for Violin and Orchestra, Volume 3

‘Yang is splendidly equipped as a Sarasate violinist, with her clear tone, pure intonation, impressive dexterity and light touch.  The opening unaccompanied drone passage of Muiñeiras is startlingly beautiful’.
-Duncan Druce, Gramophone Magazine, October 2011


8.572487 KARŁOWICZ Symphony Op. 7 (Rebirth)
‘Antoni Wit had proved his mettle in fine recordings of Karlowicz’s symphonic poems and does not disappoint here.  He has a genuine feel for the structure of the Symphony and handles the bright colours in the two pieces of incidental music to the White Dove superbly’.
- Jan Smaczny, BBC Music Magazine, August 2011


8.572597 BAX Winter Legends
“Another sparkling gem of a release in Ashley Wass’s Bax series for Naxos”
-Andrew Achenbach, Gramophone Magazine, June 2011

“Ashley Wass brings impressive clarity and firepower to all three works; James Judd and the Bournemouth orchestra accompany with sharp-focus excellence”
“For this recording all the numbers – including the extra material – are played, and with some style under Viennese light-music specialist Christian Pollack.”
-Malcolm Hayes, BBC Music Magazine, June 2011


8.572454 SAINT-SAËNS String Quartets
“There is nothing dull about the Fine Arts’ playing. Excellently balanced and recorded, they bring fervour and commitment to music which will cause many listeners to reconsider Saint-Saëns’s musical standing”
-Bryce Morrison, Gramophone Magazine, June 2011


8.572653 RUTTER Gloria
‘Andrew Lucas’s St Albans choristers (particularly the girls and boys, united on the top line) are on sparkling form, with first-class support from organist Tom Winpenny and the Ensemble DeChorum who scrupulously adhere to every one of the score’s markings.  More recordings from St Albans please…’.
- Malcolm Riley, Gramophone Magazine, August 2011

“I love the confident swagger and tonal punch of the St Albans trebles, with boys and girls united for this recording, and the wholehearted commitment of the Hertfordshire cathedral’s adult voices… it’s this album’s joyful and generous spirit that sticks in the memory.”
-Andrew Stewart, Classic FM Magazine, June 2011

“The bright, enthusiastically upbeat sentiments of Rutter’s Gloria are specially well suited to youthful voices, and the boys and girls of the combined St Albans choirs disport themselves royally in this recording, pinning the tricksy syncopations of the concluding movement deftly, and relishing their high notes at the soaring conclusion.”
-Terry Blain, BBC Music Magazine, June 2011


ODE 1110-2Q LINDBERG Orchestral Music
“This impressive four-disc compilation of some (not all) of his orchestral essays allow one readily to trace his development.”
-Paul Driver, The Sunday Times, 10th April 2011


8.572704 SIBELIUS Symphony No.2
“High playing standards, a firm grasp of the music’s architecture and emotional content, and a budget price: there are few complaints here”
- Andrew Mellor , Classic FM Magazine, July 2011

“The New Zealanders give a fina account of the works and themselves… their particular orchestral blend and Inkinen’s fine direction make this, at the price, keenly competitive.”
-Guy Rickards, Gramophone Magazine, June 2011

“Since his appointment as its music director in 2008, the young Finnish conductor Pietari Inkinen has taken the promising New Zealand Symphony Orchestra to new heights. In Sibelius’s Second Symphony, he elicits a sound that is rich, bottom-heavy, but always transparent, the colours deep, the inner textures clear. He cultivates from the strings that fragile sweetness characteristic of many a British orchestra; the brass and woodwind are, by contrast, beautifully rounded. Most impressive, however, is his generous, intelligent shaping of the work, whose climatic coalescings he relishes for their own sake, rather than to self-glorify.
-Stephen Pettitt, The Sunday Times, 10th April 2011


8.570705 ALWYN Violin Concerto
“Lloyd-Jones and McAslan give admirable shape to the long rhapsodic firt movement which, in many ways, is almost like a hybrid first movement of a symphony rather than a concerto. The reverie of the much shorter slow movement provides an effective and haunting foil to this extended essay while the similarly short and technically demanding finale is performed with agile warmth by McAslan, whose attractive tone and expressive style seem entirely in tune with this distinctive musical language.”
-Jeremy Dibble, Gramophone Magazine, June 2011

“William Alwyn’s Violin Concerto, completed in 1939, still awaits a full-scale professional performance in the concert hall, but this recording calls attention to the music’s beguilingly romantic heart and to Alwyn’s ability to make the violin sing. Beautifully played by Lorraine McAslan, the concerto also benefits from the support of the RLPO under David Lloyd-Jones.
-Geoffrey Norris, The Daily Telegraph, 9th April 2011

“Alwyn may well be the most underrated English composer of the past century. The Violin Concerto still awaits a professional public performance, so this recording – the latest in Naxos’s Alwyn series – is welcome. McAslan makes an eloquent case for its romantic spirit and rhapsodic melodies. The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic under David Lloyd-Jones fill out the disc with a wickedly atmospheric suite from Alwyn’s opera Miss Julie.
-Andrew Clark, Financial Times, 12th March 2011



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