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Remy Franck
Pizzicato, January 2016

This relaxing and very atmospheric program is beautifully performed, with a lot of sensitivity, elegance and serenity, just ‘la douce France’! © 2016 Pizzicato



Paul Orgel
Fanfare, January 2016

The four concerto soloists play beautifully, as does the wind quartet in the Sérénade… © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Zachary Woolfe
The New York Times, December 2015

While Reynaldo Hahn’s art songs are well loved, his instrumental works are little known. His lyrical gift is sure throughout this lovely recording, especially in works (like the 1905 suite “Le bal de Béatrice d’Este” and the piquant “Divertissement pour une fête de nuit,” from 1931) that look to the past with clear-eyed nostalgia. © 2015 The New York Times




George Hall
BBC Music Magazine, November 2015

There’s a good deal of pastiche in these lightweight pieces by Reynaldo Hahn for small orchestral or chamber ensemble, recorded in performances that accentuate their charm. © 2016 BBC Music Magazine



Lawrence Schenbeck
PS Audio, October 2015

This lovely suite for winds, two harps, piano, and percussion epitomizes Hahn’s deeply conservative aesthetic. He revered the past, finding within it a grace and stability sadly missing in early-20th-century life. © 2015 PS Audio Read complete review



Tim Ashley
Gramophone, September 2015

The performances are all wonderfully idiomatic. …it’s a fine achievement overall, sensuous and elegant in equal measure. © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Bob McQuiston
Classical Lost and Found, August 2015

The wind octet Ensemble Initium…takes center stage here. Each of its members plays these delicate scores to perfection. They receive sensitive support from the Pays de Savoie Orchestra under Nicolas Chalvin…

The instrumental timbre is characterized by pleasant highs, a musical midrange, and clean-cut bass. © 2015 Classical Lost and Found Read complete review



Michael Cookson
MusicWeb International, August 2015

Nicolas Chalvin directs with unerring consistency of approach and judiciously chosen dynamics and pacing. The attention to detail in this charming music is palpable with the players conveying warmth, sensitivity and flawless intonation.

The engineering team for Timpani excel in providing warm, clear and naturally balanced sound. Lovers of French music will relish this release presenting mainly unfamiliar repertoire that deserves to be better known. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Stephen Greenbank
MusicWeb International, June 2015

The excellent young Ensemble Initium…give wonderfully committed performances, and clearly love and enjoy this music. They are supplemented by the Orchestre des Pays de Savoie, which plays a dutiful role in the Concerto provençal. Nicolas Chalvin’s inspiring direction sets the seal on this winning package.

As with all the Timpani releases…sound quality is top notch. All I can say is, this disc has been a breath of fresh air. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Infodad.com, June 2015

The performances here are very fine and clearly committed to the pieces… © 2015 Infodad.com Read complete review



Zachary Woolfe
The New York Times, June 2015

…Hahn’s lyrical gift is always sure, and his writing for woodwinds marvelously fluent. He is, as ever, enamored of the past in these works but with a clarity that renders his nostalgia fresh and unsentimental. © 2015 The New York Times Read complete review




Mary Kunz Goldman
The Buffalo News, May 2015

This whimsical disc captures perfectly the airy qualities of Reynaldo Hahn’s compositions.

Hahn was a genius at combining instruments in various ways and creating a transparent chamber music sound. His imagination teemed and his vivid and the musicians here give it such a loving treatment. This isn’t music that will change the world, but it sure makes it lovelier. © 2015 The Buffalo News Read complete review





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