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William Zagorski
Fanfare, November 2003

Nicolas Flagello is one among many worthy 20th-century American composers to have fallen between the cracks. His language is post-Romantic in the manner of Barber and Menotti, but that only provides certain jumping off points. He is also rigorously neo-Classical, an adept orchestrator, and a master of the rhetorical gesture. Both the point and pithiness of his Symphony No. 1 and his Theme, Variations, and Fugue would have made Brahms and Roussel, among others, smile.




Paul A. Snook
Fanfare, November 2003

The consistently thrilling Flagello Symphony embodies some of the best writing from one of the authentic unsung pioneers of today’s now commonplace and often second-hand post-Romanticism, while the father-and-son juxtaposing of Lennox and Michael…outlines how an inherent neo-Classic pastoralism can gradually transform itself into a powerful post-modernist theatricality with each generation maintaining both its artistic validity and spiritual integrity. © 2003 Fanfare Read complete review on Fanfare



Rob Barnett
MusicWeb International, June 2003

"Do get this disc for the Symphony and the two irresistible genre pieces... The orchestra is in good heart as is the acoustic..."



Hubert Culot
MusicWeb International

"Warmly Romantic music of considerable substance and expressive strength, in excellent performances and well recorded. Well worth more than the occasional hearing."



William Zagorski
Fanfare

"David Amos is an old hand at producing effective performances of pieces that don't as yet have a performing tradition. Here he elicits inspired playing from the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra. The recording is fine by current standards, and the liner notes by Fanfare's Walter Simmons are concise and informative. This is a wholly meritorious addition to Naxos's ongoing "American Classics" series."



Adrian Corleonis
Fanfare

"Naxos's sound is couched in an ideal balance of spaciousness, presence, and detail, with climactic moments packing a startlingly gutsy wallop. The timing claimed on the cover is 10 minutes short of the actual disc duration: one is getting even greater value for very little money, and at Naxos's price it would amount to self-defeating, criminal neglect to pass this by."



Scott Morrison
Amazon.com

"The performances by the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, led by American music specialist, David Amos, are all one could ask for...I continue to be thrilled with Naxos's American Classics series. They are performing a mitzvah by bringing us so much music that otherwise we would never hear in live concerts or encounter on CD. Thank you, Naxos!"






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