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PRESS REVIEWS 2012



March 2012

8.570949 AUSTRALIAN GUITAR MUSIC
“The man bringing all this wonderful music together is Ukrainian-born Aleksandr Tsiboulski… his career has blossomed and Naxos have provided a great opportunity to hear him perform…the immaculate production by Norbert Kraft and Bonnie Silver and liner notes by Graham Wade  help to make Aleksandr Tsiboulski’s Naxos debut a most striking entry into the world of recorded guitar music. Highly recommended.”
-Tim Panting, Classical Guitar Magazine January 2013

 

NBD0027 VERDI Ballet Music
“A very attractive collection of Verdi’s little known ballet music from Serebrier and his Bournemouth forces, with nearly two hours of elegantly performed music on a single disc.”
-Christopher Dingle, BBC Music Magazine January 2013

 

8.572860 GOOSENS Violin and Piano Music

‘Imagine the distinctive chromaticism of Delius and Bridge welded seamlessly together. That should give you some idea what to expect from this fine recital of indelibly English chamber morsels.’
-Julian Haylock, BBC Music Magazine, September 2012

 

8.572509 SALVA Concerto for Cello and Chamber Orchestra
‘An invigorating disc of music from a post-War Czech modernist… it has a sound word that’s immediately striking… and cellist Eugen Prochac really lets rip in the piece’s jagged melodies and theatrical flourishes with dramatic, often fiery playing. Violinist Juraj Cizmarovic’s bright-toned playing has just the right rhythmic bite and she and Prochac bounce off each other to delightful effect.’
-David Kettle, The Strad, September 2012

 

8.572818-19 VERDI Complete Ballet Music from the Operas
‘As he has often shown in the past, José Serebrier has a remarkable gift for drawing polished and vigorous performances from his orchestra. The result has all the tension and bite of a live performance with the advantage of studio techniques, helped by refined and beautifully balanced recording, transparent in texture.’
-Edward Greenfield, Gramophone, June 2012


‘Each piece’s vitality and colour are well captured in these performances which combine sweep with finesse.’
-George Hall, BBC Music Magazine, June 2012

 

8.572733 DOVE The Passing of the Year

‘Many contemporary composers write for choirs, few with the sharp imagination and genuine originality of Jonathan Dove…It’s beautifully conceived music, soaring to a glorious, bright climax in this fine performance by the 30-voice Convivium Singers.’
-Terry Blain, BBC Music Magazine, May 2012

 

8.570893 SARASATE Boléro, Sérénade andalouse
‘Such a disc can easily be dismissed but, as played by Yang, with well-sprung accompaniment from Markus Hadulla and clear, well-focussed recording, it would be churlish to dismiss the delights of this disc.’
-Edward Greenfield, Gramophone, June 2012


‘Most of the pieces featured here are virtually unknown to all but the most dedicated of violin aficionados, yet they contain a number of gems, including the Fantaisie-Caprice in which Yang throws off merciless chains of double stops and finger-crippling arabesques with scintillating aplomb…Yang proves simply inimitable…Bravo!’
-Julian Haylock, BBC Music Magazine, May 2012

 

8.660295-96 VACCAJ La Spoza di Messina

‘His [Vaccaj’s] dramatic sense is exceptional, and the opera has an implacable momentum that makes it compelling…the star is Jessica Pratt as Isabella, fearsomely impressive in a big role bel canto divas should, by rights, have been queuing to sing for decades.’
-Tim Ashley, The Guardian, G2, Friday 13th April 2012

 

8.572818-19 VERDI Complete Ballet Music from Operas

‘For the first time, all of Verdi’s ballet music taken from seven of his operas has been brought together in a single recording…There’s almost two hours of music here, and you can get it for a tenner.  Wonderful value, especially when the music is so tuneful, the playing so accomplished, and the conducting so expert.’
-David Mellor, Mail on Sunday, 25th March 2012

 

 

 





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