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John Quinn
MusicWeb International, June 2002

Edgar Seipenbusch and his players are enthusiastic advocates of Schreker and the whole programme is played with commitment...Certainly at the Naxos price this issue is worth investigating.

Steve Koenig
La Folia, June 2002

These five erstwhile tone poems share the qualities of Wagner's momentousness, Bax's whimsy, and the Russian sound of grinding basses against cymbal tattoo, with bells and organ...but I suspect if you like tone poems in general, and the type of Romantic sound used in Hollywood soundtracks of the 'thirties and 'forties, you'll enjoy these pieces.

Matthew Rye
BBC Music Magazine, April 2002

"This collection stands up well to the later competition from the BBC Philharmonic... and Cologne Gurzenich Orchestra... and makes an attractive proposition at budget price for the yet-to-be-converted."

Victor Carr Jr., February 2002

"Originally released in 1987 on the Marco Polo label, this Franz Schreker collection makes a welcome reappearance on Naxos. Edgar Seipenbusch conducts atmospheric and idiomatic performances of all five works, aided by wonderfully colorful playing from the Slovak Philharmonic. Seipenbusch carefully recreates the unique sound world of each piece, from the passionate Wagnerian outpourings of the Ekkehard Overture and the dreamlike opening of Die Gezeichneten (where the Slovak strings create a beautiful shimmer, making you wish for the entire opera), to Das Spielwerk's briefly ecstatic ruminations. The Fantastic Overture dances energetically (and exotically), while the Der Schatzgraber interlude swoons in its self-indulgent late-romanticism. The clear, warmly reverberant recorded sound is well suited to Schreker's orchestral style (though for some reason Der Schatzgraber plays at a lower level than the rest of the program). What originally was a fine full-line disc is now irresistible at this bargain price."

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