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PRESS REVIEWS 2014



January 2014

8.573085 WEINBERG Symphony No. 12; The Golden Key – Ballet Suite No. 4
'Vladimir Lande and the St Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra negotiate the considerable technical demands of this complex score with impressive assurance..  Supported by a wonderfully focused recording they deliver a performance that is incisive and powerfully committed.'
- BBC Music Magazine, February 2014


'The 'monogram' of the older composer [Shostakovich] - DSCH (D, E flat, C B) - threads through this big work, which bear's Shostakovich's hallmarks: questing melodies, quarrelsome surges and a huge range of orchestral colour from the full spectrum to the fragile celesta and woodwind.  A revelation.'
- The Independent on Sunday, Claudia Pritchard 26/01/2014

'Vladimir Lande demonstrates a superb understanding of the works, leading the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra in exemplary performances.'
- Classical CD Choice, 02/03/2014

 

8.572716 MONIUSZKO Overtures
'Excellently played.'
- BBC Music Magazine, February 2014


'There's certainly a real sense of both familiarity and affectionate pride in the way in which Antoni Wit and the Warsaw Philharmonic launch into his brilliantly well-played collection of Moniuszko's overtures...Wit and his orchestra make sure that it is all shown off to its best advantage.'
- The Guardian, 31/01/2014

 

8.572709 SARASATE Transcriptions and arrangements of music by Chopin, Gounod, Lecalir, Handel, Raff
'Sarasate...specialised in pure-toned, sleight-of-hand effects such as eerie-sounding harmonics, flying spiccato and chains of double stops.  Naturally the music he played composed and arranges regularly employed these devices, and Tianwa Wang has all the technique required to make them sound spectacularly effortless, as witness her sparkling account of Chopin's giddily exuberant Valse brilliante, Op. 34 No. 3.'
- BBC Music Magazine, March 2014

'This is the eighth disc of Sarasate that the violinist Tianwa Yang has recorded for Naxos.  it has the great merit of including a high proportion of popular favourites, making it something of a fun record given the brilliant performances of this duo...Altogether a delightful disc, beautifully recorded in well-balanced sound.'
- Gramophone, May 2014

 

8.573077 MONTSALVTAGE Simfonia de Rèquiem
'The performances are admirably clear-textured: the Barcelona Symphony, as one might expect, have this music in their systems.'
- The Guardian, G2, 14/02/14, Tim Ashley

 

 

8.573003 VIVLADI Cantatas
'An excellent CD of music that, despite Vivaldi's fame, has been unaccountably neglected for far too long...The performances are splendid: Deirdre Moynihan has just the right voice for this music.'
- Musical Opinion, April-June 2014

'Founded in 2012 by Moynihan to perform 'rarely heard treasures' from the Early Music repertoire, the Baroque instrumental group Ensemble Nota Velata provides superb, delightfully precise accompaniment...this is a thoroughly beguiling recital disc and one which is certain to help further the cause for this spellbinding, richly detailed music.  When sung like this is deserves the widest possible audience.'
- International Record Review, May 2014

'It is welcome that Deirdre Moynihan records two of the rarely performed continuo-only solo soprano cantatas...Moynihan and Ensemble Nota Velata give neat and orderly performances.'
- Gramophone, June 2014

 

8.573106 MOERAN In the Mountain Country
'This selection of EJ Moeran's shorter orchestral works makes a pleasant adjunct to Naxos's Moeran series...JoAnn Falletta directs the Ulster Orchestra with a keen understanding of Moeran's idiom, the lyric vulnerability as well as the extrovert dynamism.'
- BBC Music Magazine, February 2014

‘This is a welcome addition by the Ulster Orchestra and JoAnn Falletta…this new recording has a vibrancy and precision which is thoroughly beguiling…Falletta brings a vivacity and enthusiasm to these works which is infectious.’
- Gramophone, April 2014

'JoAnn Falletta and the Ulster Orchestra continue to do well by Moeran...These are all excellent performances, colourfully and vividly recorded.'
- International Record Review, April 214


'A welcome issue: a well-prepared, nicely-played and well recorded collection of Moeran's shorter orchestral works - distinctive and supremely well written music, enhanced by excellent booklet notes by Paul Conway.'
- Musical Opinion, April-June 2014

'This recording includes his [Moeran's] three atmospheric Rhapsodies for orchestra.  Celtic pastoralism with astringent chromatic harmonies and sometimes stormy emotions.'
- Richard Morrison, The Times, December 28, 2013

 

 





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