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Penguin Guide, January 2009

Messidor is the most immediately attractive work here, an orchestral fantasy inspired by ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. It reminds one of early Delius, [though dissonance clouds the coda.] Florestan (1997) evokes Schumann’s imaginary character. It opens ardently and melodramatically with strings and horns, but it is the atmospherically lyrical music that is more memorable.

‘Rain pours down incessantly’ in La Triade (1994), an orchestral ‘curtain of water’, its scenario drawn both by an Aesop fable (with a fox and snake the central characters) and by Leonardo da Vinci’s description of ‘The Deluge’. The Nittemero (‘Night and Day’) Symphony (1985–8) is scored for 14 players, and again the ear is immediately struck by the composer’s vivid orchestral world. The three-movement work is cyclic, depicting the 24 hours, from midday to midday. The work ends very confidently, as does the Adams-like minimalist Fanfare, which brings a positive end to the programme.

The performances here are bold and committed and generally well recorded…this is a promising début, and worth sampling at Naxos price.

Ivan March
Gramophone, October 2002

"The performances here are vibrant and committed and well recorded. This is a promising debut, and worth trying at Naxos price."

Nuova e Nostra

"The performances of the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, conducted by Fabio Mastrangelo, are astonishing. The orchestra shows great compactness in which the wind and brass sections distinguish themselves.

We can affirm that this first volume of Ms Brusa's works is an unmissable cd for music lovers and that it further enriches the Naxos Series dedicated to the 21st Century Classics."

"All in all it is a pleasing CD and a perfect introduction to a naturally talented yet unknown composer. Again it is a credit to Naxos for bringing us this CD as part of their 21st Century Classics."

Bob McQuiston

"This engaging, very emotional, late romantic sounding music has a narrative, almost film-score-like quality, but enough structure to stand on its own. Good performances, sound and price make this self-recommending."

Greg La Traille

Elisabetta Brusa is a brilliant Italian composer with a meticulous sense of orchestral color and appealingly lyric gifts. One of the highlights of this album is the orchestral piece "Messidor" inspired by "A Midsummer Night's Dream." The mood is magical, sparkling, and strangely giddy. A bubbly, happy piece that, though guided by a sure hand, creates the effect of being slightly out of control. A feeling not unlike your first kiss. Don't miss "Messidor" and the other wonderful pieces on this album. You'll want to return to them again and again."

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