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Penguin Guide, January 2009

Dmitri Yablonsky gives a strongly atmospheric account of Alexander Nevsky, with plenty of dramatic feeling and fire. The short movements from Onegin included in Pushkiniana, which Rozhdestvensky scored in the 1960s, and the excerpts from Hamlet are very well played. Good recording, too, and no one opting for this Naxos CD will be disappointed.

Scott Morrison, August 2003

"Beautiful Russian choral sound and diction. The mezzo soloist, Irina Gelahova, who sings the part of the young woman searching for her lover--'that fine lad'--in 'The Field of Death', has a hauntingly plangent voice...This release is recommendable for several reasons. It is budget-priced and contains a fine performance of one of the finest choral/orchestral pieces of the 20th century, 'Alexander Nevsky.' And it has some fairly rare but prime stage and film music by one of the masters of that genre, Sergey Prokofiev. Another plus is the fine recorded sound; just listen to those first few bars of 'Nevsky'--high strings in unison with the basses and bassoons four octaves below--and experience the visceral effect that only rich life-like sound can provide...Recommended. ****? Stars"

Colin Clarke
MusicWeb International, July 2003

"A competent traversal of a score that appeals directly to our baser emotions...the orchestra certainly sounds as if it is enjoying itself...Richard Whitehouse's notes are excellent, leading the listener by the hand through Nevsky and placing the remaining items faithfully in context."

Classical Net, July 2003

"This is one of the better Nevskys, and at Naxos' price, a splendid bargain. The fillers here make this an irresistible choice, especially for Prokofiev mavens...The sound is excellent throughout, and the notes by Richard Whitehouse quite insightful."

David Fanning
Gramophone, June 2003

"Naxos offers a well-planned and by and large admirably executed and recorded disc, to which the 'Dance of the Oprichniks' from Ivan the Terrible makes arousing conclusion."

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