, January 2013
…[Das klagende Lied] may not be vintage Mahler but in this score the young composer is visibly flexing his compositional muscles. He handles the large orchestra with assurance, scoring the work very colourfully and pictorially…Furthermore, it’s fascinating to hear pre-echoes of music yet to be written; little phrases and details of orchestration that were worked in to later scores tease the ear from time to time.
Certainly [Rozhdestvensky] makes a most effective job of conducting Das klagende Lied. He’s ably supported by a good team of soloists. Teresa Cahill certainly has the range, dramatic flair and vocal heft that the soprano part demands…The outstanding soloists are Dame Janet Baker and Robert Tear.
Both the chorus and the orchestra respond keenly to Rozhdestvensky’s direction, giving him colourful, dramatic and often powerful singing and playing. Rozhdestvensky’s conducting is full of energy and dramatic thrust. He knows this is a melodramatic tale so there’s no point in underplaying things. This is an exciting and communicative performance.
The Fiddler’s Child…may not be a major Janáček score but it’s by no means negligible and this is an enjoyable performance. The score contains a prominent solo violin part and it’s good to be reminded of the artistry of Bela Dekany…
The recorded sound for both performances is very good.
…purchasers of this disc will acquire two excellent, well-recorded performances of interesting repertoire… © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review