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Jed Distler
ClassicsToday.com, January 2016

This is a very impressive collection of Honegger goodies, well played and very well recorded. The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra tears into the Third Symphony with gusto, …the slow movement comes off beautifully, and the climax of the finale is really hair-raising, with Yuasa changing the percussion dynamics to fortissimo after the big climax to create extra impact. It may raise an eyebrow or two, but it works. © 2016 ClassicsToday.com Read complete review



John J. Puccio
Classical Candor, April 2013

This one is a gem. Performances and sound are top-notch for this recital of Honegger orchestral music…It’s a bargain that’s hard to resist, especially if you’ve always wanted a topflight Pacific 231

We get visions in [Honegger’s] work of emotional power, impressionism, and tuneful melodies aplenty. It’s a felicitous arrangement.

The album begins with his Symphony No 3, subtitled “Liturgique.” It is quite a powerful and moving composition that deserves wider recognition, and Maestro TakuoYuasa plays it in such a way as to convey its varying moods significantly.

The four short tone pictures, Pacific 231, Rugby, Mouvement symphonique, and Pastorale de’ete, Yuasa plays just as well and express their visual images well, too…

The sound is nothing short of terrific. It’s one of Naxos’s best efforts, with not only a wide stereo spread, wide frequency response, and wide dynamics, but with one of the best recreations of orchestral depth I’ve heard on any of Naxos’s releases (or anyone else’s). © 2013 Classical Candor Read complete review




Penguin Guide, January 2009

Takuo Yuasa, currently principal conductor of the Ulster Orchestra, gets impressive results from the New Zealanders, and the recording has great presence and detail. This is not perhaps a first choice but, taken on its own merits, is a perfectly viable one and at its modest price will give much satisfaction.





Gramophone, October 2004

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