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TYBERG, M.: Symphony No. 2 / Piano Sonata No. 2 (Bidini, Buffalo Philharmonic, Falletta)


Naxos 8.572822

   American Record Guide, January 2014
   Fanfare, January 2014
   Fanfare, January 2014
   La Presse, November 2013
   MusicWeb International, November 2013
   BBC Music Magazine, November 2013
   Allmusic.com, October 2013
   Gramophone, October 2013
   ClassicalCDReview.com, October 2013
   ClassicsToday.com, September 2013
   The Buffalo News, September 2013
   Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, September 2013
   Classical Music Sentinel, September 2013
   WFMT (Chicago), September 2013
   Gramophone, September 2013
   Film Music: The Neglected Art, August 2013
   David's Review Corner, August 2013

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Herman Trotter
American Record Guide, January 2014

Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic deliver a performance that is so committed and radiant that it ought to attract the attention of other music directors here and abroad. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, January 2014

…if you love big, romantic scores that are lavishly orchestrated and filled with sweeping melodies, lush harmonies, and bold, dramatic gestures, you cannot not love this work; and you surely cannot not love the luscious sounds JoAnn Falletta makes with her Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Early in the year as it is, I’m already placing this disc on my preliminary 2014 Want List, and I cannot urge you more strongly to do likewise. © 2014 Fanfare



Raymond Tuttle
Fanfare, January 2014

Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic play the heck out of it… © 2014 Fanfare



Claude Gingras
La Presse, November 2013

Discovered by JoAnn Falletta and recorded by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, of which she is the conductor, the second Symphony of Marcel Tyberg reveals the existence of the composer who was an Austrian victim of the Holocaust in 1944. The work recalls Bruckner in its eloquent power and Dvorak in its tenderness. To complete the CD: the second piano Sonata of the same Tyberg, majestically Brahmsian in the hands of Fabio Bidini. © 2013 La Presse



Rob Maynard
MusicWeb International, November 2013

Fabio Bidini gives an impressively masterful and completely convincing account of Tyberg’s ambitious and impressive score.

…he is well up there with JoAnn Falletta and her Buffalo players. I have had just cause to praise Ms Falletta on these pages before for a first class recording of Richard Strauss’s orchestral suites… This new disc—with the additional plus of bringing to light a highly attractive newly-discovered score—confirms my earlier impression. Ms Falletta may be a well-known champion of new and American music but on this occasion she exhibits an obvious empathy with the native Croatian composer’s conservative idiom. In fact, she doesn’t put a foot wrong in a work which, given the history of its restoration, she may, at least for the time being, justifiably claim as her own. As for the orchestra, in reviewing their recording of Tyberg’s third symphony the Washington Post’s critic opined that the Buffalo Philharmonic “has never sounded better” and I would certainly echo that verdict here. With first rate engineering by Tim Handley (symphony) and Oliver Curdt (sonata)—and Naxos’s attractive price point justifying the risk of taking a speculative gamble on previously unheard music—it is hard to see how this valuable and compelling account could be bettered. Had I not already submitted my six choices for MusicWeb’s Recordings of the Year, this disc would certainly be a very strong competitor for one of the places. I cannot imagine a better tribute to a most engaging composer who was to become yet another tragic victim of the calamitously violent first half of the twentieth century. © MusicWeb International Read complete review



BBC Music Magazine, November 2013

Unashamedly romantic music by this hugely gifted Holocaust victim, with Bidini performing prodigies in the Brahmsian Second Sonata. © BBC Music Magazine




James Manheim
Allmusic.com, October 2013

…there is nothing to complain of in the performances of the symphony by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under the indefatigable JoAnn Falletta, who has single-handedly expanded the 20th-century repertory substantially, and of the piano sonata by Fabio Bidini. An hour of well-crafted Romantic music that happens to date from the early years of the Nazi horror. © Allmusic.com Read complete review



Ivan March
Gramophone, October 2013

The performance could hardly be bettered: JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic are completely at home in this music and they are very well recorded. © Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Robert Benson
ClassicalCDReview.com, October 2013

[Marcel Tyberg’s] music is virtually unknown, and now thanks to conductor JoAnn Falletta and Naxos, we have the opportunity to experience it…here is the Symphony No 2 composed in 1927, a worthy addition to the symphonic repertory, broadly romantic, beautifully orchestrated, and music that deserves repeated hearing. The coupling is the second of Tyberg’s two piano sonatas, this one written in 1934. It is a grand, big-scale work in four movements with majestic hints of Beethoven and Brahms, worthy of inclusion in any recital. This bold music is brilliantly played by Fabio Bidini. Falletta’s devotion to the composer is obvious in this superb performance which finds the Buffalo Philharmonic in top form. Don’t miss this important release! © 2013 ClassicalCDReview.com Read complete review




David Hurwitz
ClassicsToday.com, September 2013

The sonata is very well played by Fabio Bidini, a pianist who takes its challenges in stride and shapes each movement quite effectively. …JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic take charge of the orchestral component, offering a performance of the symphony full of character and conviction. The Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies in Buffalo sponsored this recording through its Marcel Tyberg Musical Legacy Fund. That such a thing even exists is just one of those facts that makes you feel good about life, as does Tyberg’s music. Go for it. © ClassicsToday.com Read complete review




Mary Kunz Goldman
The Buffalo News, September 2013

…the piano sonata calls to mind other greats of the 19th century tradition. …[Tyberg’s] ideas grab and keep your attention…The figures and harmonies, meanwhile, are a pleasure to hear again, high praise. He understood the piano and the music is masterly. Bidini handles its challenges with grace. How lucky we are that Tyberg’s scores, safeguarded by family friend Dr Enrico Mihich, ended up in Buffalo. I am also grateful to Herman Trotter, now News classical music critic emeritus, for encouraging Falletta and the orchestra to pursue this project, this exploration of the music of a forgotten master. The whole world wins. © 2013 The Buffalo News Read complete review



Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, September 2013

Marcel Tyberg…is well served…[in this] disk that features his Symphony No 2 and his Piano Sonata No 2…in excellent performances by Fabio Bidini at the piano and JoAnn Falletta conducting the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Tyberg’s Second Symphony…seems to be constructed along the lines of long blocks of sonata form, and bears a masterful hand both in the overall trajectory and brilliant romantic orchestration. Falletta and the Buffalo outfit sound well-inspired by the music and the dedicated rendering is infectious.

The Second Piano Sonata is most certainly in the grand manner…Fabio Bidini gives us his best, which is impressive indeed.

This volume is very worthwhile if you love later 19th-century stylistics. It’s definitely a new twist on it all and the performances are inspired. © 2013 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review



Jean-Yves Duperron
Classical Music Sentinel, September 2013

…the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of conductor JoAnn Falletta are in great form and project a sonic weight that suits this music very well. Pianist Fabio Bidini brings out the music’s broad strokes as well as its finer intimate details. I would even say that his interpretation brings the work’s magnificence forward and raises the whole thing up a notch. Recommended! © 2013 Classical Music Sentinel Read complete review



Lisa Flynn
WFMT (Chicago), September 2013

Marcel Tyberg was a victim of the Holocaust, but his scores were preserved and have recently been revived through the efforts of JoAnn Falletta. The Second Symphony is filled with romantic enchantment and pastoral narrative, reflecting Tyberg’s reverence for 19th century styles. The Second Piano Sonata, played by Fabio Bidini, also develops earlier traditions, revealing the influence of Beethoven. © 2013 WFMT (Chicago)



Ivan March
Gramophone, September 2013

The performance could hardly be bettered: JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Phiharmonic are completely at home in this music and they are very well recorded. Overall it is an impressive work. Fabio Bidini plays it impressively and is recorded truthfully.

The first Naxos CD of Marcel Tyberg’s music included the Third Symphony and Piano Trio—works described by one review as ‘well-crafted and earnest, tuneful and filled with seriousness of purpose and harmonic mastery’. Well said. © Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Film Music: The Neglected Art, August 2013

This is a work not to be missed! The Buffalo Philharmonic is in top form and enhances what is being offered. There playing is precise and crisp and well recorded by Tim Handley in a fine sounding music hall that I’m confident will produce many more fine recordings in the future.

As a reviewer I consider Falletta to be the Howard Hanson of the 21st century introducing us to new composers who have much to offer the listener. Recommended. © 2013 Film Music: A Neglected Art Read complete review Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, August 2013

Marcel Tyberg was born into an Austrian musical family in 1893, his career little more exciting than that of a local church organist, teacher and part-time composer. It reached its zenith in the 1930’s when his Second Symphony was premiered by the Czech Philharmonic conducted by Rafael Kubelik…he left all of his scores with a friendly Italian, and it was that person’s son who showed them to the conductor, JoAnn Falletta, in 2005. She was so impressed she arranged the premiere of the Third Symphony with the Buffalo Symphony, and subsequently recorded it for Naxos. Now we have her performance of the Second Symphony, a score related to the 19th century where Dvorak, and hints of Bruckner, are a ready guide as to the style of composition. As with their previous Tyberg recording, the orchestra are obviously highly committed to the composer. This new disc is completed by the Second Piano Sonata completed in 1934, seven years after the symphony. The playing of the young Italian pianist, Fabio Bidini, is full of the fire and power the score requires, and the sound from the South-west German Radio studio is excellent. © David’s Review Corner






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