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Don O’Connor
American Record Guide, January 2016

The performances, both vocal and orchestral, are sensitive or forceful as the music demands. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, September 2015

…respectably performed by the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra under Adriano. © 2015 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, September 2015

Here we have an attractive program with seldom played works by Jacques Ibert. The performances have a good French flavour, the recorded sound is…detailed. © 2015 Pizzicato



Jem Cook
Classical CD Choice, September 2015

Ibert remains a neglected composer, but perhaps this new disc will go some way to redressing the balance. Based on Oscar Wilde’s impassioned text Le Ballade de la Geôle de Reading, Jacques Ibert’s first symphonic work astonished and impressed audiences with its dark atmospheres of anguished madness and terror. The Trois Pièces de Ballet portray society guests with colourful music-hall wit, contrasting with the impressionistic symphonic poem Féerique and the horrors of war expressed in Chant de Folie, while the Suite Élisabéthaine introduces ancient styles to enhance Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. © 2015 Classical CD Choice



Bruce Reader
The Classical Reviewer, September 2015

…I thoroughly enjoyed this disc. © 2015 The Classical Reviewer Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, August 2015

Always one of my favourite Marco Polo releases couples five very differing works by Jacques Ibert, including his first symphonic score, The Ballad of Reading Gaol. Cast in three sections, it recounts the life of Oscar Wilde’s imprisonment as recounted in his disturbing poem. Completed in 1922 it has more than a passing resemblance of a Hollywood film score, with colours that are often somewhat brightly lit and border on the garish. Rather more pleasant in nature than the poem’s message, the performance is outstanding in its intrinsic feeling for the composer’s style of writing. It shares the bulk of the disc with the Suite Elisabethaine, exactly twenty years separating their date of composition, the later work written as incidental music for Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Unashamed pastiche that uses material from English composers of yesteryear, this certainly does come straight from Hollywood. It contains a song for soprano and chorus (Chanson des Fees), and a wordless chorus for the sleepy Nocturne. It was scored for a small theatre ensemble, and though seldom performed, it makes for easy listening pleasure. We are in Ibert’s familiar ‘naughty’ Paris mood in the Trois Pieces de Ballet, the disc completed with a powerful short tone poem, Feerique, and a bizarre Chant de Folie (Song of Madness) for chorus and orchestra. Very persuasive and idiomatic performances from the conductor, Adriano, in this reissue of a cleanly defined 1993 recording. Much recommended. © 2015 David’s Review Corner





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