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Mel Martin
Audiophile Audition, September 2014

I have to say I like what I hear in both Concertos. They are very fresh, accessible, and yet musically focused. The recording of these works sounds great on CD. The orchestra is well captured in a 3D-like presentation, with a solid image side to side and front to back depth is very obvious. The soloists don’t get lost in the denser sections, and the varied percussion instruments have real impact. © 2014 Audiophile Audition Read complete review



Steve Arloff
MusicWeb International, August 2014

Adam Kostecki’s sweet tone is matched by his dynamic playing. He grabs the opportunities afforded by each work to showcase his obvious talents. Gunther Hauer is a more than reliable partner in the [Paderewski] sonata, delivering solid support and some very fine playing. The young members of the small but perfectly formed Polish Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra clearly enjoy the two Loussier works and make a big sound that belies their size.

…we have two works that for me defy categorization and a strange musical bedfellow…the keen prices of Naxos discs make it easy to take a punt without any real wallet denting. That’s a major contribution to music and to listeners alike. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review




Steven A. Kennedy
Cinemusical, August 2014

Noted violinist Adam Kostecki proves to be up to the task of the two Loussier works. His performances are really quite exhilarating…and the Polish orchestra does these pieces proud with deft rhythmic precision that often just bubbles along throughout both concerti. His performance of the Paderewski is equally impassioned and brings to light one of the unjustly neglected romantic sonatas. The real reason though to seek out this disc is Kostecki’s engaging performances. Highly recommended. © 2014 Cinemusical Read complete review




James Manheim
Allmusic.com, August 2014

Violinist and conductor Adam Kostecki, leading the Polish Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, are competent in Loussier’s jazz-based idiom, and percussionist Piotr Iwicki is a delight. The second concerto is worth the purchase price even beyond Loussier’s circle of fans. © 2014 Allmusic.com Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, July 2014

Fashions come and go, and during the 1960s and 70s Jacques Loussier was in vogue having created the Play Bach Trio entertaining with jazz improvisations. Having been trained as a classical pianist, he decided to do something very new and innovative, and fused together the two loves in his life—jazz and the music of Bach. One of the early works from this period was the First Violin Concerto, a score that included an important part for percussion within the chamber orchestra, the general feel being of jazz inflected classicism, the orchestra acting very much as a backing group while the soloist dances around it. The Second was commissioned by the Menuhin Festival, and in due deference to the famous violonist’s fascination with Indian music, Loussier includes a prominent rhythmic role for the tabla. There is precious little reason for coupling the work with Paderewski’s Violin Sonata from 1882. He was one of the great virtuoso pianists of his time, a fact reflected in the major role given to the keyboard. Full of grand romantic gestures, it receives an outgoing performance from the long experienced Polish violinist, Adam Kostecki, and his pianist Gunther Hauer, Kostecki and the Polish orchestra having already shown they are very adept to the requirements of the jazz world. © 2014 David’s Review Corner






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