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Penguin Guide, January 2009

MENDELSSOHN: String Symphonies, Vol. 1 8.553161
MENDELSSOHN: String Symphonies, Vol. 2 8.553162
MENDELSSOHN: String Symphonies, Vol. 3 8.553163

Nicholas Ward and the Northern Chamber Orchestra match rivals at whatever price. The freshness and incisiveness of the performances are enhanced by bright, clean recording, made in the Concert Hall of Broadcasting House in Manchester. Not only does Ward bright out the exhilarating sparkle and vigour of the fast movements—with Mendelssohn, even at the age of 11, giving clear anticipations of his mature style—but he also gives apt emotional weight to such beautiful lyrical movements as the Andante of No. 2 or the darkly slow introduction to the one-movement No. 10 in B minor. All three discs can be warmly recommended to everyone.

Gramophone, December 1996

"...[the Northern Chamber Orchestra] respond with enthusiasm and enjoyment to the various challenges...There is much to enjoy here..."

Fanfare, August 1996

"It's refreshing to hear such bracing readings of these wonderful little works!...I'll eagerly await the next instalment in this series."

American Record Guide, June 1995

"Ward's approach to the music is entirely in keeping, alternately bracing and songful... the present disc can be warmly recommended."

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