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Bob McQuiston
Classical Lost and Found, April 2017

BÉRIOT, C.-A. de: Violin Concertos Nos. 4, 6, 7 (Ayana Tsuji, Czech Chamber Philharmonic, Pardubice, Halász) 8.573734
BERIOT, C.-A. de: Violin Concertos Nos. 2, 3 and 5 (Quint) 8.570360
BERIOT, C.A. de: Violin Concertos Nos. 1, 8 and 9 8.555104

The performances on this release by violinist Ayana Tsuji and the Czech Pardubice Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra under Michael Halász are equally commendable… They featured soloists Philippe Quint accompanied by the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra with Kirk Trevor on the podium, and Takao Nishizaki along with the Belgian Radio & Television of the French Community (RTBF) Brussels Symphony Orchestra lead by Alfred Weller.

The recordings on this most recent release were done last year at Suk Hall in Pardubice, Czech Republic, some sixty miles east of Prague. Those on the other discs were made in 2006, and 1989 at sites in Bratislava, Slovak Republic, and Brussels, Belgium, respectively. Despite all these differing circumstances, the three albums project amazingly consistent, generally good sounding sonic images in warm accommodating venues.

As for the instrumental timbre, the highs are pleasant, if a tad tinkly, and the midrange pleasing. Beriot’s conservative scoring precludes any heavy bass, but what’s here is lean and clean with no low string hangover. In closing, all three soloists are technically accomplished virtuosos with superb tone, and this showy music would have probably come off as even more dazzling had they been a bit more highlighted. © 2017 Classical Lost and Found Read complete review

American Record Guide, June 2003

"Takako Nishizaki seems to have the technique for this demanding music, and Alfred Walter and his plucky band supply estimable support. It is difficult not to be enthusiastic about this release; it's a welcome introduction to a little-known composer."

Philip Anson

Though short at 50 minutes, this disk of rousing concertos is recommended. Belgian composer Charles de Beriot's music is delightfully lush and melodic. Violin Concerto No. 1 "Military" (1829) combines technical virtuosity with the charm of ballet music. Violin Concerto No. 2 (1855) reminds one of Bellini's bel canto operas. Violin Concerto No. 3 (1859) brings us closer to the seriousness of Tchaikovsky. Violinist Takako Nishizaki plays with complete poise and command and a grateful tone. Originally issued on the high priced Marco Polo label in 1990, this disc is now a steal on Naxos's regular label.

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