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January 2011

8.572285 RÓZSA Three Hungarian Sketches
“Naxos’s trawl through Rózsa’s orchestral and concertante works reaches its third instalment with a real rarity… Mariusz Smolij elicits fine playing from his musicians… this Naxos disc is a bargain at the price”
-Guy Rickards, Gramophone Magazine, June 2011


8.559613 DAUGHERTY Route 66
‘The vivid recording was made in the summer of 2008, at the end of Marin Alsop’s six seasons as principal conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.  These confident, loose-limbed performances demonstrate how she succeeded during that time in turning the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra into just about the best American orchestra in Europe’.
- Anthony Burton, BBC Music Magazine, August 2011

“The experience of listening to his music is like travelling the length and breadth of America’s musical traditions: one is often swept along by the music’s eclectic currents, ranging from Gershwin, jazz and blues to Reich, Adams and rock… There is much to admire about this lively and colourful recording, however, not least the manner in which the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under Marin Alsop actively thrive on playing music that communicates in such an immediate and engaging way”
-Pwyll ap Siôn, Gramophone Magazine, April 2011

“Alsop has her players responding to the tearing energy of Route 66 – a journey along the famous interstate – and the roguishness of Sunset Strip with verve and precision… Never underestimate the ready-for-anything skills of British orchestras! The BSO plays with a headlong flair and expertise that any American orchestra would rightly be proud of.”
-Malcolm Hayes, Classic FM Magazine, April 2011

“These are winning and affectionate”
-The Daily Telegraph, 12th March 2011


8.572274 KARLOWICZ Violin Concerto
It is good the athe Polish composer Mieczysław Karłowicz is being brought out of the shadows, not least thanks to the beautiful Violin Concerto superbly recorded on this Naxos issue with prize-winning Russian violinist Ilya Kaler, ideally accompanied by the excellent Polish orchestra often used by Naxos, under its conductor Antoni Wit… Wit and the Warsaw Philharmonic are ideal interpreters. At Naxos’s super budget price it is an outstanding issue, readily competing with more expensive versions of the Violin Concerto.
-Edward Greenfield, Gramophone Magazine, April 2011 


8.570462 LYAPUNOV Violin Concerto, Symphony No.1
“If you have a soft spot for the late-Romantic violin concerto, you’ll enjoy Lyapunov’s. Like the far better known one by his near contemporary Glazunov, it’s in a single movement, with a variety of sections and moods, and begins in a very similar vein, with a solo theme which is a close relative… Maxim Fedotov does produce a rich sound from his instrument, and there’s rarely a sense of strain on the more virtuoso writing.”
-Martin Cotton, BBC Music Magazine, April 2011


8.572227 SIBELIUS Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5
“These are satisfying, well-built performances and the disc raises itself further with the acute atmosphere of its chilling Fourth symphony”
-Andrew Mellor, Classic FM Magazine, March 2011

“As the principal exporter of a steady stream of distinguished conductors, Finalnd has much to be proud of. The wonder is that each of these nascent stars makes music in such different ways. Rather than forcibly wrenching Sibelius from his moorings in the Romantic tradition in the manner of Osmo Vänskä, Pietari Inkinen proves a relatively cool, self-effacing guide, eschewing originality for its own sake in the pursuit of sweet-tempered maturalness. You would never guess that this refined, rather intimate interpretation of the Fourth is the product of a 30-year-old.”
-David Gutman, Gramphone Magazine, March 2011

“Pietari Inkinen, the young Finn, has been music director of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra since 2008. He’s enjoyed rapid success after touring in Britain, the United States and Japan, and possesses the same hectic and exciting drive as some of his compatriots. This disc is part of a complete series of the symphonies. The personal anguish of No.4 – a diagnosis of throat cancer – renders it in many ways the finest of the series. No. 5 by contrast, full of theatrical grandeur – was composed in 1911 to mark the composer’s 50th birthday. The whole series if powerfully played and directed.”
-Michael Kennedy, The Sunday Telegraph, 30th January 2011

“Pietari’s Sibelius is better recorded and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra demonstrates it is no minor-league band. These are majestic perfornaces that, despite smoothing over the music’s volatile contrasts, generate an impressive head of steam.”
-Andrew Clark, Financial Times, 22nd January 2011



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