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Rob Barnett
MusicWeb International, August 2016

[Thomas Allen’s] voice is totally secure, a power-blast when needed, set-square enunciation with natural yet extraordinary and intelligently acted delivery.

The choir are there throughout the concert as an appreciative component of the audience. The [Violin] Concerto receives a stunning performance at all levels. …Chung at the start of the third movement delivers some satisfyingly guttural rasps. She is caught at her quicksilver zenith; rejoice indeed.

The no doubt hard-won unanimity of the choir—and not just on the shouted vituperative “Slain!”—is a delight. No wonder the chorus-master joined Previn and Allen onstage at the end to accept the long-sustained ovation. The choir is impressive with every member looking caught up in the moment. Orchestral details are well voiced and viewed. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review





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