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Lawrence Hansen
American Record Guide, April 2002

"The idea of arranging some of his songs for solo stringed instrument and small orchestra occurred to Tchaikovsky himself... Mr Breiner must have studied the composer's orchestral music well because his scorings are all idiomatic and tasteful and his sensitive conducting cooperates beautifully with the soloist... [Nishizaki's] rendition of 'Why?' soars longingly and expectantly, 'My Spoilt Darling' is coquettish and playful, and 'Why Did I Dream of You?' and 'He Loved Me So Much' build to a little genuine passion, but nothing that would be too overwrought for polite evening-salon company. 'I Opened the Window' is soaring and rhapsodic... The soloist makes the most of the soaring, ardent lines of 'Night'... 'Pimpinella' ends things on a coy, playful note."

Rémy Franck
Pizzicato, January 2002

"...The 22 songs that Peter Breiner has transcribed here for violin and orchestra, all things considered result in a charming, varied and very colourful suite of sweetly-melancholy melodies, that, gorgeously interpreted, can leave no one untouched. A beautiful CD!"


Victor Carr Jr., December 2001

"This inventive album presents Tchaikovsky's occasionally heard songs in arrangements for violin and orchestra by Peter Breiner. Although the songs may not often be performed today by singers, these irresistible melodies provide justification enough to be heard in this almost equally satisfying form: 'Why?', 'Not a word, O my friend', and 'The fearful minute' are among the composer's most inspired creations and should be heard more often... Takako Nishizaki's beautiful singing tone and sweetly-wrought phrasing, partnered with Breiner's affectionate conducting, make these transcriptions pleasing and satisfying musical experiences, even without the love poems that were Tchaikovsky's main impetus. My only caveat concerns the disc's tracking order: placing so many slow and similar-key selections together unavoidably engenders feelings of monotony. But since this easily can be remedied with the CD's programmability, there's no reason for you to hesitate about obtaining this serene, relaxing disc. Naxos' atmospheric recording balances Nishizaki's violin significantly forward relative to the orchestra."

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