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Huntley Dent
Fanfare, July 2015

The Zarathustra is so outstanding that a recommendation is in order, doubly so if you yearn to hear Macbeth played by a world-class orchestra. These Unitel Classical videos, derived from European cultural cable television, are a reliable product, with sharp visual quality, restrained camerawork, and well engineered sound. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Henry Fogel
Fanfare, May 2015

These are warm, full-blooded performances. [Nelson’s] committed reading is one of the best I have heard… It has all of the Strauss fingerprints…

Given the high quality of these performances, combining warmth with urgency, beauty with energy, and the high quality of the picture and the audio, this makes a very satisfying experience. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review




Geoff Brown
BBC Music Magazine, April 2015

STRAUSS, R.: Also sprach Zarathustra / Macbeth / Till Eulenspiegel (Nelsons) (NTSC) 718908
STRAUSS, R.: Also sprach Zarathustra / Macbeth / Till Eulenspiegel (Nelsons) (Blu-ray, HD) 719004

…there’s always the music and the Concertgebouw’s effortlessly wonderful playing. Nelsons certainly doesn’t break Concertgebouw traditions. Sample the limpid woodwind colours in Till Eulenspiegel, the perfect complement to the hall’s harmonious shades of gold, yellow and brown; or the strings’ distinctive wisdom and wit during the twists and turns of Also sprach Zarathustra. Yet Nelsons also generates his own special passion and drive, especially evident in Also sprach Zarathustra…

…the players’ ease and palpable enjoyment regularly catch the cameras’ eyes. © 2015 BBC Music Magazine



Chris Morgan
Scene Magazine, March 2015

Under the baton of acclaimed conductor Andris Nelsons, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra perform with relish, extracting deep, honest and colorful renditions of all three pieces. …the film provides a potent showcase for Nelsons’ rising star as well as a trio of Strauss’ greatest hits. © 2015 Scene Magazine Read complete review




Hugo Shirley
Gramophone, March 2015

STRAUSS, R.: Also sprach Zarathustra / Macbeth / Till Eulenspiegel (Nelsons) (NTSC) 718908
STRAUSS, R.: Also sprach Zarathustra / Macbeth / Till Eulenspiegel (Nelsons) (Blu-ray, HD) 719004

…the performance here is a delight—mischievous, light on its feet and played with impeccable virtuosity. © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Paul E. Robinson
Musical Toronto, January 2015

STRAUSS, R.: Also sprach Zarathustra / Macbeth / Till Eulenspiegel (Nelsons) (NTSC) 718908
STRAUSS, R.: Also sprach Zarathustra / Macbeth / Till Eulenspiegel (Nelsons) (Blu-ray, HD) 719004

…this remarkable orchestra has never sounded better.

In Also Sprach Zarathustra the members of the Royal Concertgebouw play like men and women possessed. It is exciting music-making, but it is also very disciplined. Balances have been carefully rehearsed and the quiet passages are executed with infinite care. This is a wonderful performance. © 2015 Musical Toronto Read complete review



Robert Benson
ClassicalCDReview.com, December 2014

It is a pleasure to watch Nelsons on the podium. He is precise, exact and active in an entirely convincing way, always on the move. Nelsons obviously loves music of Strauss…His Zarathustra is powerful indeed, and this is one of the most imaginative performances you’ll ever hear of Till, with incredible virtuosity and tonal beauty. Audio is excellent well capturing the rich acoustic of the Concertgebouw, and video is outstanding in every way. © 2014 ClassicaCDReview.com Read complete review





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