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Stephen Francis Vasta
MusicWeb International, April 2020

These two recordings originally appeared on separate full-priced Marco Polo discs—remember Marco Polo?—which explains their diverse venues, not to mention their venerable recording dates. Joined here, they comprise a logical program.

Here we get a better orchestra, the solid Slovak Philharmonic, and a conductor, Michael Halász, who invests the numerous dotted and triplet rhythms with a lively spring. © 2020 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, July 2014

As well-performed as the Symphony is by Gilbert Varga and the Philharmonia Hungarica, they are trumped by Michael Halász and the Slovak Philharmonic in Don Quixote. Together on the same CD, they make a compelling case for this reissue, one of the best, I’d say, in this series. Strongly recommended. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review

Robert Cummings
Classical Net, February 2014

…these works are rarely recorded: this appears to be the only recording of the symphony currently available, though there are two others of Don Quixote. Thus the performances would be acceptable to Rubinstein admirers even if the playing and readings were only so-so. I’m happy to report that is not the case here, as both feature fine interpretations and quite spirited and accurate playing by the respective orchestras.

…both performances are fine. The sound reproduction…is quite vivid and powerful. For those interested in Rubinstein and of music from the Romantic school, this CD should be a desirable acquisition. © 2014 Classical Net Read complete review, January 2014

The performances on this CD…are solid and substantial…This is…a worthwhile release… © 2014 Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, December 2013

In our present preoccupation with Tchaikovsky, Anton Rubinstein, one of Russia’s highly regarded composers during his lifetime, has become one of the casualties. Dividing his time between a life as a remarkable virtuoso pianist, conductor and composer, he also spent many years fostering regular symphony concerts in St. Petersburg and the creation of a Conservatory there. In such a busy life his eventual portfolio of works is surprisingly large and included six symphonies, the Sixth completed in 1886 while still a young man. Russian ballet is the motivating factor in the scherzo, and the finale has that feel of nobility you will also find in Tchaikovsky’s early scores…Gilbert Varga and the Philharmonia Hungarica, of which he was principal conductor at the time of recording, serve the music well. The Don Quixote—Humoresque for Orchestra is a picture of the old chivalrous knight in the famous Cervantes story, the Slovak Philharmonic and the Vienna-based conductor, Michael Halasz, bringing a wide array of colours and a suitably sad ending as Quixote dies. © 2013 David’s Review Corner

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