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Paul Ballyk
Expedition Audio, October 2014

The performances by the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, who have known this music since it was written, are superb, and Naxos contributes finely engineered sound. © 2014 Expedition Audio Read complete review



American Record Guide, July 2014

The four movements are alternately serene and playful, and the Barcelona Symphony plays it with sensitivity and joy. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Paul Corfield Godfrey
MusicWeb International, March 2014

These players have given performances of virtually all Montsalvatge’s orchestral works over the years, including no fewer than twelve world premières. They clearly have the feeling for their fellow Catalan in their bones.

For many years the reputation of Montsalvatge outside Spain rested largely on the occasional appearances of his songs in recitals by Spanish singers. In more recent years his music, always well constructed and appealing to audiences, has gained a wider circulation through such works as the Concierto breve. This Naxos release is a valuable contribution to this continuing process. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Bob McQuiston
Classical Lost and Found, March 2014

Spanish conductor Victor Pablo Pérez and the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, which also bills itself as the National Orchestra of Catalonia, deliver powerful, immaculate accounts of all three works. Soprano Marta Matheu gets a big hand for her contribution to Sinfonia da Requiem. This release should win many converts to Montsalvatge’s music, and romantics will be particularly pleased to discover Manfred.

The wood-lined, warm reverberant Pau (Pablo) Casals Hall in Barcelona was the venue for these impressive recordings. All the more colorful for Montsalvatge’s brilliant orchestration, the instrumental timbre is characterized by shimmering highs, a slightly recessed but musical midrange, and clean base. The Naxos production staff gets high marks for keeping the many instrumental solos in perfect balance with the rest of the orchestra. © 2014 Classical Lost and Found Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, January 2014

Though claimed by his native Spain, Xavier Montsalvatge’s music drew most of its inspiration from France, with a particular affinity towards Ravel and Debussy. Following on a disc of his chamber music, this release shows how he moved through so many phases in his long life, opening with excerpts from the ballet, Manfred, composed when he was just twenty-two…this is a ballet totally shaped in the style of Tchaikovsky, and full of memorable melody. He was eighty-one when he composed Bric a brac, four short movements in a most pleasurable avant-garde 20th century style…Often dark and sad in texture, the Dies irae is an evil wind that hurtles through the movement of a work scored for orchestra, the only vocal role coming briefly in the final Libera me…Marta Matheu…brings a suitably ethereal ending. We are indebted to the assured response throughout the disc by the excellent Barcelona Symphony and the outstanding Spanish conductor, Victor Pablo Perez. Excellent sound. © 2014 David’s Review Corner






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