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January 2012

8.559676 STILL Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3; Wood Notes
‘The performances by the Fort Smith Symphony under John Jeter are devoted and highly effective’.
-Nigel Simeone, International Record Review July/August 2012


8.572473 KOECHLIN Les heures persanes, Op. 65
Les herures persanes unfolds in a dreamlike way in Ralph van Raat’s committed reading playing that is truly inside the music…Good recording, sensitive breathing space between tracks, and with the pianist’s own booklet.’
-Jeremy Nicholas, Gramophone, April 2012


8.572243 ROUSSEL The Spider’s Banquet
‘Another alluring instalment in Stéphane Denève’s survey of Roussel’s orchestral works with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra…The flute solos are especially beguiling, while the orchestra marvellously evokes the passions of battle, lust and love in the oppressive heat [Padmâvatî].’
-Christopher Dingle, BBC Music Magazine, February 2012

‘This coupling of works by Roussel is surely the most lustrous and colourful in the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s recorded survey of the French composer’s orchestral works…The Spider’s Banquet is a sparkling cocktail of entomological sketches, ebulliently brought to life in this ballet score.  The Indian-inspired Padmâvatî suites are every bit as flamboyant, but with a defining whiff of exoticism.’
-Ken Walton, The Scotsman, 16th January 2012


8.572694 BRAHMS Choral Music
‘Antoni Wit is proving to be one of Naxos’s greatest assets, a conductor of strong personality ho puts musical values first, yet can readily create both drama and spontaneity in the recording studio.  Moreover, Ewa Wolak is a rich-toned contralto, without a hint of a wobble, who can evoke exactly the kind of lyrical drama which the lovely Alto Rhapsody deserves…this super-budget collection is marvellously sung and played.’
-Ivan March, Gramophone, March 2012

‘An anthology of all Brahms’s shorter choral-orchestral works is a welcome thing, especially in performances as sterling as these.’
-Calum MacDonald, BBC Music Magazine, February 2012


8.572559 KREISLER / ZIMBALIST / YSAŸE String Quartets
‘A skilfully crafted and beautiful four-movement score [Kreisler’s String Quartet in A Minor] brought vividly to life by the Fine Arts Quartet, which, through its liberal use of vibrato, enhances the warmth on which the music thrives…This disc is a real discovery that I can recommend without reservation.’
-David Denton, The Strad, March 2012

‘It was an inspired idea to programme music by three of the finest violinists of the last century…The Fine Arts Quartet rise with aplomb to its many interpretative and technical challenges, sustaining a glorious richness of tone, coupled with a portamento-inflected cantabile espressivo that sits hand in glove with the music’s Romantic opulence.’
-Julian Haylock, BBC Music Magazine, February 2012



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