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Michael Greenhalgh
MusicWeb International, June 2017

[Haitink’s] first movement Daydreams – Passions introduction is a gasping, hesitating, but also quite piously devoted approach to beauty and in this is well balanced by the reverential coda which concludes the movement. There is fine clarity to the contrast of the soulfully melodic violins’ contemplative beauty undercut by the disruptive rhythms of the cellos and double basses, indicating the artist’s disturbed state of mind. When the work’s distinct vision of the beloved arrives with the main body of the movement, the idée fixe, it has both flexibility and resilience, even if the grace of the first flute doubling is barely audible. Passionate outbursts abound while the excitement grows even more intense in the development. A suitably melancholic ambience is created to usher in an expansive but slightly nebulous oboe solo. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Robert Benson
ClassicalCDReview.com, December 2015

…this is a pristine performance magnificently played… © 2015 ClassicalCDReview.com Read complete review





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