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Penguin Guide, January 2009

Popularity seems to rest as much on chance as on merit, for it is difficult to understand why the Turandot Suite has never become a popular repertory piece. Given its bargain price, it should now reach a wider audience. It has all the qualities of melodic appeal (its fifth movement quotes Greensleeves), resourceful invention and brilliant orchestral colour that should ensure its popularity. The two Studies, the Sarabande and Cortège, written in preparation for his opera, Doktor Faust, remain the composer’s masterpiece, highly searching and imaginative music that can claim to be profound, as, indeed, can the Berceuse élégiaque. Both performances and recording are very good, and this disc serves as an admirable and inexpensive introduction to a fascinating and underrated master.

Roger Hecht
American Record Guide, October 2002

"In Berceuse, Wong's intelligence and probing carry through every note and phrase. The Hong Kong Philharmonic cooperates, with rich, brightly lit colors, square-shaped notes, clear-cut, lively rhythm, and balanced textures. The string section does not sound huge, but it makes up for that with good intonation and silky tone (and the resultant stronger woodwind color offers a nice view of the varied hues). Most fascinating is how the intense concentration of everyone involved maintains Wong's very slow, evenly measured tempos without producing ennui."

Michael Oliver
Gramophone, July 2002

"The newly appointed director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic is such an interesting artist...The Turandot Suite and the musicality of Joseph Wong would draw me to the Naxos [recording]."

Calum MacDonald
BBC Music Magazine, July 2002

"These prove to be performances of extraordinary intensity (on that count, superior to Neeme Jarvi's recent Chandos CD, which has no sharp edges), and the close-miked quality spotlights the sheer genius of Busoni's orchestrations...I very much hope...that this is the first installment of a Busoni series." *****Performance****Sound.

John Sunier
Audiophile Audition

"It's somehow appropriate that this work set in ancient Peking and employing some Chinese melodies (as well as Arabian, Persian, and even Greensleeves!) be recorded by a Chinese orchestra and conductor. Their performance beautifully conveys the strong Rimsky-Korsakovian orchestral colors and pomp of the score. The Hong Kong players need not bow to any of the more famous world orchestras. Plus the price is just right.

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