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Don O’Connor
American Record Guide, March 2020

Dating from the 1950s, these are more of the sort of dance suites ever dear to central European hearts. They are tuneful, vigorous, and well scored, integrating moods of exuberance and introspection. Down the River Vah (1945) could be heard as a modern Moldau. Its five movements vividly depict the course of that river from its source in the Tatras Mountains through meadows, rapids, and popular festivals to its final merging with the Danube. This is a reissue of a 1989 Marco Polo that was praised by our Editor as a winsome cross between Kodaly and Janacek (J/A 1990). © 2020 American Record Guide

Michael Wilkinson
MusicWeb International, January 2020

This welcome reissue, which first appeared on Marco Polo 8.223278 is a valuable addition to the Naxos series of Moyzes’ orchestral works. The dances, from different stages in his career, are immediately attractive, colourfully orchestrated and distinctive in character.

…Ondrej Lenárd and his orchestra seem to have this music in their bones, and one senses their pleasure in the playing. © 2020 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, November 2019

The Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava) under Ondrej Lenard do a convincing job realizing the scores with local flair and charm—and the audio is first rate.

We are treated to some fine music here, well played. Anyone with an interest in musical Nationalism in the region will be pleased to have and hear this, but then it should appeal to anyone who would like some lively fare. Recommended. © 2019 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review

Rob Barnett
MusicWeb International, November 2019

This is delicate, inventive and good-hearted music and is not so far removed stylistically from Moyzes’ Fifth and Sixth symphonies. It is the most consistently engaging and subtle of the three sets of dances showcased on this disc. As good fortune would have it the Pohronie dances are also the longest playing set on this disc.

There is some subtlety and fresh invention here but Slav dazzle and whirl are predominant. © 2019 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Records International, November 2019

A pendant to the Moyzes symphony cycle, these sets of orchestral music explore the landscapes and national folk identity of his native country. Down the River Váh is colorful and vivid, charting a journey from the Tatra mountains passing flowery meadows, imposing castles and surging waters. The companion pieces are characteristic national works epitomizing Slovakia’s fertile folkloric traditions. © 2019 Records International

Remy Franck
Pizzicato, October 2019

The interpretations are extremely vital and recommendable. © 2019 Pizzicato

David Denton
David's Review Corner, October 2019

Having reissued the complete symphonies of Alexander Moyzes that first appeared on the Marco Polo label, Naxos now add the original disc of three orchestral works.

Born in Slovakia in 1906, he received his early musical education there and later in Prague with Vitezslav Novak. Primarily an educationalist, he was also quite prolific as a composer, completing twelve symphonies before his death in 1984, aged 78. He was, for a time, drawn to using the traditional musical culture in his music, but he came to realise that his most important role was in creating a school of Slovak musical culture. This disc occupies both worlds with two works based on Slovak Dances, dating from the 1950’s, together a group of pictures in Down the River Vah. This latter score takes its inspiration from Smetana’s Vltava, its five movements visualising the river’s journey ending in the Danube’s embrace. Gemer is in the southern part of Slovakia, and we hear how music from the Eastern world had penetrated their dances. Vivacious, often exciting, sometimes frenzied, and always full of orchestral colours, the four dances are almost equal in length to give a total time of sixteen minutes. We move to the countryside, and along the major river in Central Slovakia, for the Pohronic Dances. From a length point of view they are much more substantial, the four dances creating the size of a ‘symphony’, and though they are slightly more restrained than the Gemer Dances, they are more weighty in content. The Slovak Radio Symphony were on top form for the conductor, Ondrej Lenard, the 1989 recording full of impact yet very transparent. © 2019 David’s Review Corner

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