Paul A. Snook
, August 2000
"Right of f the bat it must be noted that this release is by far the best performed of all the Marco Polo Malipiero releases to date.
"This program is especially welcome because of he premier recording of one of the composer's infreuqent ballet scores, Stradivario. Composed in the late 40s, it tells a puppet-show type of story whose fantasitcal grotesqueries are most appropriate to the sharp and abrupt volte-faces of Malipiero's musical language: An old-instrument collector steals a violin from a poor street musician, but at night all the instruments come to life, band together, and wreak murderous revenge upon their owner, the thief. The music pointedly reflects this odd mixture of homicidal high spirits.
"...this disc is another essential acquisition for all Malipiero aficionados. Incidentally, the notes contain some amazing biographical data gathered by a Malipiero specialist, the late John Waterhouse, who provided annotations for previous Malipiero releases on Marco Polo. Bravo!"