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November 2012

8.660319-21 DE ALMEIDA: La Spinalba ovvero Il vecchio matto
‘Under Marcos Magalhães, the musicians perform with stylistic distinction and pleasing clarity.  The entire cast seems to grasp the demands of the style.  The soprano Ana Quintas sings the title role with bright, clean tone, admirable agility, control and decorative flair. ’
-Opera, October 2013

‘Under Marcos Magalhães, the musicians perform with stylistic distinction and pleasing clarity.  The entire cast seems to grasp the demands of the style.  The soprano Ana Quintas sings the title role with bright, clean tone, admirable agility, control and decorative flair.’
-Opera, David Shengold, October 2013


8.570608 TAN DUN Concerto for Orchestr
“A chance to experience the splendid Hong Kong Philharmonic at its most assured… this is a vivid demonstration of true orchestral virtuosity, with Tan Dun’s experimental effects superbly realised, and all captured in fulsome sound from what is, after all, the local record label.”
-Marc Rochester, Gramophone March 2013


8.572742 RIES Piano Concertos Vol. 5
“Hinterhuber delivers performances that burn with conviction; there’s no point where his concentration and onward surge flutter, where his dedication to the task in hand isn’t clear, and completely convincing. The musicians of the NZSO likewise rise to the occasion… let’s hope that this remarkable series of recordings puts at least Ries’s concertos back on the map.”
-Martin Anderson, International Record Review January 2013

“[Christopher Hinterhuber] carries the notes with pinpoint accuracy…. Ries’s skills as an expert orchestrator  also surface regularly.”
-Nalen Anthoni, Gramophone January 2013


8.111397 RACHMANINOV Solo Piano Recordings Vol. 3
“For many, Rachmaninov was the greatest of all pianists, and here in Ward Marston’s magnificent transfers he is at last given his due in sound… this, the third volume of Naxos’s ‘Great Pianists’ Rachmaninov, gives us playing beyond price.”
-Bryce Morrison, Gramophone January 2013


8.572752 WEINBER Symphony No. 19
“The Banners of Peace makes a logical and worthwhile coupling.”
-David Fanning, Gramophone February 2013



8.572730 RIHM Complete Works For Violin And Piano
“The devotion that Rihm attracts from his performers is impressive and this young duo is no exception. Both deploy a range of colour and nuance, and the ability to change mood in an instant.”
-Fabrice Fitch, Gramophone February 2013


8.573030 A Winter’s Light
“The arrangements are sensational and one is in awe before a choir that can turn in magnificent performances of the most serious and taxing works ain the repertoire, yet is able to turn its collective hand, with slickness that defies description, to entertaining showstoppers such as [the Swingle Singers close harmony arrangements].”
-William Hedley, IRR December 2012

“[The] polished, characterful Vasari Singers cast their net wide.”
-Geoffrey Norris, The Times December 2012

“Jonathan Rathbone’s energetically bouncing arrangement of Gabriel’s message is a good place to sample the Vasari Singers’ warmly engaged performances, and they impress also in the tricky, undulating chant figurations at the beginning of Howells’s Sing Lullaby."
-Christmas round Up, BBC Music Magazine – Christmas 2012


8.572887 RAVEL Orchestral Music Vol. 1
“The solo violin of Jennifer Gilbert… is allied to an opalescence of orchestral sonority pricked out with evocative instrumental timbres. The atmosphere is established not merely with confidence but with freshness as well …If this disc heralds a comprehensive Ravel series, it augurs well as a companion to the orchestra’s Debussy set under Jun Markl.”
-Geoffrey Norris, Gramophone December 2012

“Ravel’s orchestration of the piano piece Alborado del gracioso  is particularly sumptuous, and the Lyon orchestra certainly delivers on that score… Leader Jennifer Gilbert’s frequently seductive playing is the best feature.”
-William Hedley, IRR December 2012

“Leonard Slatkin draws a vivid sound from the Lyon players, with a wide range of dynamics and colours.. No one could do more for the early Scheherezadeoverture, where Ravel’s interest in orchestral timbres is paramount… Bolero too comes off well.” 5* recording
-Roger Nichols, BBC Music Magazine – Christmas 2012


8.573039 RIZZA Mysterium Amoris

“Rizza’s music combines unvarnished thought with an intense physicality. It demands simplicity and great control. A faultless performance and recording.”
-Brian Morton, Choir & Organ Jan / Feb 2013

“Rizza is a composer with a voice of her own…The Gaudete Ensemble is very much more than [an amateur group], and the composer will surely be thrilled to hear her music sing with such skill and sensitivity. The instrumental playing is faultless too, and the whole is ably held together by conductor Eamonn Dougan… if ‘contemplative and spiritual’ is your think… this will fit the bill.”
-William Hedley, IRR December 2012

“Sweetly consolatory and reassuring.” /

-Terry Blain, BBC Music Magazine – Christmas 2012



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