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Stephen D Chakwin Jr
American Record Guide, March 2016

The soloists are world class. …The boys and women in 3, as always in Amsterdam, are outstanding.

These discs are probably the best overall recommendations for these works on video… © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Huntley Dent
Fanfare, January 2016

Ewing has an expressive face, so she tends to act out the text a bit operatically; she makes no attempt to sound childlike. But it’s her singing that counts: It is gorgeous in tone, emotionally involved, and perfectly phrased, adding considerably more drama than we’re used to from the typical kewpie-doll imitation. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Rod Parke
Seattle Gay News, November 2015

…Bernard Haitink leads the Concertgebouw Orchestra in a sweeping, heartfelt reading that never loses focus and frequently delights with effective accents and emotion. The Orchestra is unlike any other, with strong individual solos by first-chair members and an effortless cohesion that never fails. The horns especially, with a woman in the first chair, are spectacular.

To cap off this wonderful performance, soprano Maria Ewing sings the most ecstatic and beautiful solo in the last movement that I have ever heard. © 2015 Seattle Gay News Read complete review



John Quinn
MusicWeb International, October 2015

There’s plenty of energy in [Haitink’s] conducting and his interpretation strikes a nice balance between the rustic charm of much of the music and the frequent darker undertones. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra plays expertly throughout…

In this 1986 performance Miss Ewing sings very well. She invests the music with just the right amount of character—mercifully, she never overdoes it—and her singing offers much pleasure. Haitink conducts expertly. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review




Remy Frank
Pizzicato, August 2015

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 4 (Ewing, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Haitink) (NTSC) 109108
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 4 (Ewing, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Haitink) (Blu-ray) 109109

With strong rubato, dynamic changes, contrasting colours and shades, Haitink’s Mahler 4 from 1982 is a very emotional performance. With rolling eyes and a devilish tone, Maria Ewing is a really good singer for the final movement. © 2015 Pizzicato





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