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June 2012

8.111386 GILELS Early Recordings 3
“Throughout Gilels offers jewel-like articulation and clarity… here he reveals remarkable technical mastery.”
-Colin Clarke, Classical Recordings Quarterly Winter 2012

“Outstanding early Gilels, with some superb Liszt including his legendary Figaro from 1935…This is a must.” Performance
-Tim Parry, BBC Music Magazine – Christmas 2012


8.572714 MESSIAEN Et Exspecto Resurrectionem Mortuorum
‘This well judged performance gives full rein to the unmediated opposition between edgy aggressiveness… and the plangent tenderness of the quieter episodes.’
-Arnold Whittall, Gramophone, September 2012


8.111386 EMIL GILELS Early Recordings Volume 3
‘Gilels was both the grandest and most lyric of virtuosos…His Scarlatti is warm-hearted and romantic… his Liszt… is overwhelming in its pulverising strength and brilliance…A special thanks, then, to all those who have made this issue possible.’
-Bryce Morrison, Gramophone. September 2012


8.572482 PENDERECKI Anaklasis; The Awakening of Jacob
‘if you don’t try the Horn Concerto, you are missing out!’
-Rayond S. Tuttle, International Record Review July/August 2012



8.572861-62 DELIUS A Mass of Life
‘Hill draws fresh, finely nuanced singing from the Bach Choir, sensitively underpinned by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.  Alan Opie impresses in the arduous baritone part…The rapturous Prelude and Idyll, with Opie and Watson, makes an attractive filler.’
-Andrew Clark, The Financial Times

‘The performance of the Mass is superbly paced by Hill, and Opie is magnificent.’
-William Hedley, International Record Review, June 2012

‘This is a must for any Delius Liebhaber and, with the added bonus of the late Prelude and Idyll, a marvellous starting point for anyone new to Delius’s unique but compelling art.’ – GRAMOPHONE CHOICE
-Jeremy Dibble, Gramophone, July 2012

‘Under David Hill’s sturdy direction, the Bach Choir is on top form. As is the orchestra…The soloists are given some ecstatic music, especially Alan Opie, the baritone. He is in superb voice, colouring the German text with many a subtle inflection’.
-Michael Kennedy, The Sunday Telegraph 8th July 2012

“The singing is magisterial, the orchestral playing supple and committed”
-Kate Molleson, Big Issue Scotland 11 June 2012

‘David Hill’s impressive new recording with his Bach Choir (in the original German text) boats confident, ardent choral singing and orchestral playing, and a strong solo team… As fill-up, there’s the Prelude and Idyll from 1932…the hauntingly beautiful piece is a valuable addition to this celebration of Delius’s 150th anniversary.’
-Anthony Burton, BBC Music Magazine, July 2012

‘Delius’s most ambitious work remains a rarity in the concert hall and on disc. Beecham’s famous recording is more than 50 years old, and this new one, from Naxos, has splendid modern sound, a thrilling choir and orchestra, and, in David Hill, a conductor no less devoted to Delius than his more celebrated predecessor. His soloists are outstanding: Janice Watson, Catherine Wyn-Rogers and Andrew Kennedy sing with clarity and radiance, but the star is Alan Opie, whose lyrical singing is wonderful.’ -- CLASSICAL CD OF THE WEEK
-Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times, 10th June 2012

‘A Mass of Life remains one of the rarer Delius works in the catalogue. This superb new one from the Bach Choir and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in fact increases by 100 per cent the number of versions readily available.’ -- CLASSICAL CD OF THE WEEK
-Geoffrey Norris, The Telegraph, 9th June 2012


8.573029 PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 5

“The performance of the symphony is one of considerable power…as this is the first disk of a planned serious of all the Prokofiev symphonies, Alsop is the ideal conductor to make it happen’  
-Geoffrey Norris , The Daily Telegraph 14th July 2012

‘Alsop, now in her mid-fifties, is riding the crest of a wave. This new release should lift her even higher, as well as win new friends for the São Paulo orchestra, a first-class ensemble, if this new CD is anything to go by. Even if you already have several Prokofiev Fifths, you need to make room for this one.’ – IRR OUTSTANDING
-Raymond S. Tuttle, International Record Review, June 2012

‘This album, promised as the first in a new symphonic cycle, certainly starts with a bang, though unexpectedly with The Year 1941… The Fifth Symphony comes up trumps in a dramatic yet highly polished performance… Altogether, this first volume of Prokofiev is an outstanding achievement.’ – ORCHESTRAL CHOICE
-Daniel Jaffé, BBC Music Magazine, July 2012


8.572914 HOLST Cotswolds Symphony
‘the work is beautifully performed here, most notably the delicate, crystalline sounds of celesta, harp, woodwind and horn.’
-Jeremy Dibble, Gramophone, August 2012

-The Daily Telegraphy 30th June 2012

-Andrew Clements, The Guardian 6th July 2012

‘There are three remaining rarities. The Walt Whitman Overture is indebted to Brahms’s Second Symphony. The Cotswolds Symphony includes a powerful, Wagnerian ‘Elegy: In Memoriam William Morris’, framed by a rather flimsy first movement, a jolly Scherzo and a banal Finale.’
-Daniel Jaffé, BBC Music Magazine, July 2012

‘This CD continues a tradition of U.S musicians giving first-rate performances of Holst’s music. With the Ulster Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta conducts a programme of mainly early Holst, including the attractive Symphony in F, The Cotswolds. All are splendidly played and interpreted.’
-Tully Potter, Daily Mail, 8th June 2012

‘There’s so much British music around this summer, but here’s some you won’t have heard unless you are a Holst anorak. The Cotswold Symphony was written not long after his student days, and has echoes of Elgar and Schumann.’
-Richard Morrison, The Times, 2nd June 2012




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