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Christopher Dingle
BBC Music Magazine, January 2013

A very attractive collection of Verdi’s little known ballet music from Serebrier and his Bournemouth forces, with nearly two hours of elegantly performed music on a single disc. © 2013 BBC Music Magazine



Henry Fogel
Fanfare, September 2012

VERDI, G.: Ballet Music from the Operas (Complete) (Bournemouth Symphony, Serebrier) 8.572818-19
VERDI, G.: Ballet Music from the Operas (Complete) (Bournemouth Symphony, Serebrier) (Blu-Ray Audio) NBD0027

…the performances demonstrates Serebrier to be…interpretively interesting conductor.

Serebrier…brings to the music a greater variety of color, more rhythmic energy, and a wider range of ideas about phrasing. The vitality of his rhythm is perhaps the most significant…it can be heard everywhere, in slow or fast music. The extra lilt he brings, for example, to the waltz right after the introduction of the Don Carlo ballet brings a smile to the listener.

While not all of this music is at Verdi’s most inspired level, none of it is unworthy of our attention. Second-rate Verdi is still better than most composers’ gems! Serebrier’s colorful, charming, and highly committed performances, and the Bournemouth Symphony’s excellent playing, make this a highly recommendable disc. © 2012 Fanfare Read complete review



Robert Benson
ClassicalCDReview.com, April 2012

JANÁČEK, L.: Glagolitic Mass / Sinfonietta (Libor, Marciniec, Bentch, Gierlach, Malanowicz, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Wit) (Blu-Ray Audio) NBD0026
VERDI, G.: Ballet Music from the Operas (Complete) (Bournemouth Symphony, Serebrier) (Blu-Ray Audio) NBD0027

these Naxos Blu Ray Audio disks are a treat for audiophiles. You will hear some of the cleanest sound possible thanks to state-of-the-art processing and the fact that original recordings were expertly engineered.

Serebrier’s Verdi collection gives us the opportunity to hear a rarity—22 minutes of ballet music for the seldom-performed Jerusalem. This and the other Verdi ballet music all receive spirited performances from Serebrier and his British forces. Antoni Wit and his fine Warsaw forces continue to impress…

The masses of sound in the Glagolitic Mass have been superbly captured, with soloists, chorus and orchestra well-balanced…splendid, full-bodied performances that do total justice to the music, beautifully recorded. Let’s have more, Naxos! © 2012 ClassicalCDReview.com Read complete review




John Sunier
Audiophile Audition, March 2012

This is the latest in the Naxos audio-only Blu-ray line, an album that was previously issued as a double CD [Naxos 8.572818–19]. The program is both stereo and surround using 96K/24-bit resolution, with the surround being the Blu-ray standard of DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1.

The notes by Serebrier give some details on each of the opera ballets. The conductor is noted for his interest in unusual repertory and even film scores, so this is right up his alley. The performances have plenty of snap and the hi-res surround is of excellent quality.  This collection should be of interest to both the opera enthusiast as well as those who are averse to opera but interested in romantic period concert music—especially music for the ballet. © 2012 Audiophile Audition Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, March 2012

For the first time you can enjoy a Naxos Blu-ray audio disc for the same price as the CD equivalent Naxos having using the Blu-ray’s increased playing time to place it on one disc. Enthusiastic as I am of the CD version this month, if you have the Blu-ray equipment it really is one-way traffic, as the difference between the two is quite significant. The feel that you are in the concert hall, even in conventional stereo—the Blu-ray disc also plays in a surround sound mode—makes this version quite remarkable. There is equally an improvement in the front to back perspective of the orchestra, and I had to take the volume control down a notch after playing the CD to accommodate the Blu-ray’s greater dynamic range. If you wait while the neighbours are out you can really wallow when in the surround sound mode. © 2012 David’s Review Corner






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