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Nuova e Nostra, November 2002

'"The performing of the Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy and Choeur R‚gional Vittoria d'Ile de France, conducted by Michele Piquemal, is very impressive and also the organist Eric Lebrun contributed to the success of the registration.

In conclusion the cd is very interesting and it evidences the figure of Joseph-Guy Ropartz a great French composer unfairly neglected."



Alex Morin
Audiophile Audition, July 2002

"What I hear in the pieces on this disc is a deeply religious man whose devotional sincerity is apparent in every bar, with luminous harmonies and a steady flow of grave and beautiful ideas. The most interesting piece here is The Miracle of St. Nicolas, which is heroic in nature, and as song by the excellent soloists, very compelling. Piquemal does a good job leading his chorus and orchestra. Good sound, good notes, and texts are provided. An interesting and pleasing collection of unfamiliar music."



George Hall
BBC Music Magazine, December 2001

"Very acceptable performances of five substantial works benefit from the fluid beat of conductor Michel Piquemal. Les vepres sonnent (1927) is delicately sensuous, and Dimanche tightly organised yet lush."



Brian Hunt
The Daily Telegraph (Australia), September 2001

"Completing the budget-priced disc are three rather lovely choral songs, each with a whiff of Faure but stronger flavour of Bax and Delius."





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