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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.

Luis Felipe Marsans
Diario Las Américas, April 2003

"... es importante que nos adentremos en buenos logros del sello Naxos, que nos trae una seleccion importante de realizaciones que pueden ser de trascendencia para el coleccionista, unas veces por la calidad del interprete, y otra por la rareza del repertorio... el volumen 8.553163, recoge la version de la Northern Chamber Orchestra de las Sinfonias para cuerdas numeros 10 y 13 de Felix Mendelssohn, que aparte de su belleza propia, representan una epoca muy fecunda del compositor, cuando apenas era un adolescente."

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