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Lawrence Hansen
American Record Guide, January 2013

The first thing that struck me is the sound— fantastic! Very quickly, one realizes that the performance is spectacular, too, very much deserving of the state-of-the-art audio engineering.

…the Sao Paolo ensemble sounds world class, and conductor Alsop gives us an interpretation that avoids almost every pitfall that can derail a performance of this work. © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide




Christopher Dingle
BBC Music Magazine, January 2013

This exceptional account of Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony is partnered by a revelatory performance of The Year 1941, while the recording bursts out of the speakers. © 2013 BBC Music Magazine




John Sunier
Audiophile Audition, October 2012

There are a number of competitors to this new recording, but both Naxos’ exciting performance and first-rate surround sonics place it at the head of my current list. © 2012 Audiophile Audition Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, September 2012

‘I shall be greatly surprised if this disc, the first in a complete Prokofiev symphony cycle, does win a crop of awards around the world’. Those were my words in my June review of the CD disc, the release later receiving much critical acclaim. Now it appears in its Blu-ray format, and for those with the quality of equipment required, Blu-ray opens up the texture that is simply not possible with even the best CD sound. This one I feel particularly excited about, as it gives the sense of the ambiance of the venue, and if you have surround-sound, then it places you in the most favoured seat. Hearing the disc again I can only reiterate may admiration for the São Paulo orchestra whose technical adroitness is matched by the excellent sound quality of the many solo instruments, and the sheer impact in the highly charged moments. It cannot make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear, The Year 1941, relating the German invasion of Russia, never having recovered from it was badly received premiere. Here in a ‘no holds barred’ approach, the sound quality certainly makes you sit up and take notice. © 2012 David’s Review Corner






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