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Penguin Guide, January 2009

The Naxos recording, engineered by Brian Culverhouse in St Barnabas, Mitcham, is also in the demonstration bracket. The climax of The Fountain of Trevi at Midday, when Neptune parades across the heavens, is enormously spectacular, and here a computer organ was used to provide the underlying sustained pedal. The Pines and Fountains bring extremely fine playing with much warmth and finesse from the RPO. The sharp focus of the Naxos recording brings an extra degree of brazen splendour to the tumultuous popular crowd sequences in the Circus and Jubilee scenes of the Feste romane,  while at the close of the October Festival the mandolin serenade emerges more tangibly.



American Record Guide

"I don't think there is a better Fountains of Rome on disc."



Gramophone

"The Batiz version has such excitement and verve that one can accept the extra degree of brazen extroversion"



Classic CD

"definitely worth a fiver of anyone's money"



Classics

"The cataclysm quotient is very high indeed here"



Radio Breeze AM

"The Naxos recording is of demonstration class"



WalesOnline

"A distinct winner"



CD Review (USA)

"played to the hilt and recorded with enough amplitude to arouse the hard of hearing"





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