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PRESS REVIEWS 2012



February 2012

NBD0025 GERSHWIN Piano Concerto
“A sizzling Gershwin collection. Falletta paces magnificently, Weiss’s pianism is refined and the orchestra is sparklingly swaggering. All captured in marvellously realistic sound.” 5*/5*
-Christopher Dingle, BBC Music Magazine January 2013

 

8.509002 DEBUSSY Orchestra Works
“An unqualified must-buy box for pianists, conductors and arrangers alike, especially at Naxos’ price.”
-Michael Round, International Piano Nov/Dec 2012

 

8.112070 STRAVINSKY Firebird Suite (1945); Petrushka;
The Rite of Spring


‘Invaluable new transfers of Stravinsky on top form as a conductor. This electrifying performance is the finest of his Rite of Spring recordings, and the 1945 Firebird Suite is gripping’
-Christopher Dingle, BBC Music Magazine, August 2012

 

8.572225 TCHAIKOVSKY 18 Morceaux
‘Shamray proves he has a musical gift which provides much interest throughout this recording.’
-Francesco Burns, International Record Review, June 2012

 

8.572775 WALLACE Celtic Fantasies
‘This is a useful compendium of Penderecki’s shorter orchestral pieces… The performances here are really fine throughout: Antoni Wit is an exceptional conductor who has made some outstanding recordings (not just Polish music) with this admirable orchestra, and the recording quality is first-rate.’
-Robert Matthew-Walker, International Record Review, June 2012


‘Many of these pieces were designed to be playable by talented amateurs, and the eschewal of showy virtuoso writing becomes a virtue in itself.  Even relatively simple music needs to be played with skill, clarity of vision and honest feeling.  Tuck shows these in abundance, producing another lively, engaging recital.’
-Barry Witherden, BBC Music Magazine, June 2012

 

8.572212 PENDERECKI Sinfoniettas; Oboe Capriccio

‘Conductor Antoni Wit sculpts the Warsaw Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra’s playing, and two wind soloists shape every line with purpose.  Well produced, this joins the long list of distinguished Warsaw recordings packaged by Naxos.’
-John Allison, BBC Music Magazine, April 2012

 

8.572902 DELIUS / IRELAND Evening Songs
‘Of the 21 here [songs], 18 are transcriptions by Julian Lloyd Webber, who plays with an appropriately vocal sensibility.  John Lenehan’s always welcome accompaniments adorn highlights such as Delius’s ‘Slumber Song’, Ireland’s ‘Sea Fever’ and Eric Fenby’s glorious arrangement of Delius’s ‘Serenade’ from Hassan.’
-Stephen Pritchard, The Observer, ‘The New Review’, 15th April 2012

‘Hearing the songs of both composers without the texts, and played with such attention to contour and gradation, reminds us just how masterly and diverse both composers were in their art of the solo song…As the title of the disc suggests, this is an ideal collection to while away the summer evenings.’
-Jeremy Dibble, Gramophone, March 2012

 

8.509002 DEBUSSY Complete Orchestral Works
‘…it’s a fascinating and extensive collection that I recommend both to collectors who want to explore some of the rarities and also to anyone wanting to hear Märkl’s impressively plated and imaginatively conducted performances of the major works.’
-Nigel Simeone, International Record Review July/August 2012

‘This is a fine series…The Lyons orchestra are thoroughly idiomatic under their German music director Jun Markl, and the sound is first-class.’
-David Mellor, Mail on Sunday 2, 12 Feb, 2012

 

8.559705 GERSHWIN Piano Concerto; Rhapsody No. 2
‘If we have to have yet another recording of Gershwin’s Piano Concerto there are things to admire in this one.  Orion Weiss never engages in the kind of exaggeration which some pianists have used to define their identity and his dry rhythmic delivery is thoroughly idiomatic…All these pieces get snappy performances in well-balanced, clear recordings: an enjoyable collection.’
-Peter Dickinson, Gramophone, May 2012

‘The firs in a new series of Gershwin discs, featuring the Buffalo Philharmonic and their charismatic conductor, JoAnn Falletta, showcases the dazzling fast fingers of the brilliant young pianist Orion Weiss.  There’s plenty of Jazzy Americana in his performances, though they are more ‘classical’ than we often hear.  Superb orchestra and high impact sound come at the amazing Naxos budget price.’
-David Denton, Yorkshire Post, Culture, 17 Feb, 2012

8.572739 POTT In the Heart of Things
‘For the most part this is demanding music, for both the performer and the listener, not superficial…Soprano soloist Grace Davidson floats effortlessly above the Oxford-based chamber choir Commotio, adding her seraphic poise to their perfect intonation….this is a powerful disc of important music.’
-Malcolm Riley, Gramophone, February 2012

 

 





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