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David R. Dunsmore
MusicWeb International, September 2014

The playing of the orchestra is committed which is commendable…

…this disc may well be a good introduction to Rubinstein. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

David Nice
BBC Music Magazine, December 2013


Russian folkstyle themes and Mendelssohnian treatment make for a decent symphonic shot in Rubinstein’s Fifth…It’s decently performed on this recording. © 2013 BBC Music Magazine

Steven J Haller
American Record Guide, November 2013

…this performance of Rubinstein’s Fifth Symphony—already wholly desirable in its own right—becomes all the more tempting at Naxos prices.

…Andreescu includes two pieces by Rubinstein you won’t find anywhere else…both pieces are set forth capably enough by Andreescu and his excellent Romanian ensemble. Taken together with his excellent account of the symphony, I see no reason why anyone should hesitate to snap this one up. © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Christie Grimstad, August 2013

This reissue…couldn’t be in better hands than with Horia Andreescu…the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra inherently picks up on the tugs of Rubinstein’s Moldavian stress that replicates well onto this Naxos CD. A nice blend of Rubinstein’s works. © 2013 Read complete review

Cinemusical, August 2013

…it was a great idea to re-issue this Marco Polo release. It is a performance that certainly feels committed and introduces a rather fine 19th century symphony to new audiences. If one was to limit their library to one of Rubinstein’s symphonies, this would be the one to get. All are given fine performances here and are a welcome return to the catalogue. © 2013 Cinemusical Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, August 2013

With today’s symphony concerts carrying a surfeit of Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Rimsky-Korsakov, a whole swath of Russian composers has been forgotten. Among them is Anton Rubinstein, a child prodigy pianist who became a major virtuoso rival to Liszt, and in later life shared with his brother, Nikolay, in the formation of the Moscow Conservatory. A conductor of some repute, he was a prolific composer, though a tide of opinion against him as being ‘old fashioned’ came from the very students he had helped, while musical commentators have since repeated that ill-founded description as ‘Mendelssohn in Russian clothes’. It is time for a reassessment, the Fifth Symphony being a place to start, its very Russian opening an indication of the dramatic outbursts that follow. As an orchestrator he was outstanding, creating the Russian sound that is highly fashionable today; his scherzo a rather extrovert dance, and the third movement one of uneventful pleasure. A cheeky melody opens the finale, and as we move from drama to happiness, the fast final bars bring a mood of exhilaration…[Dmitry Donskoy] is a score full of impressive gestures. The George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra from Bucharest is a really classy outfit, and, under their Principal Conductor, Horia Andreescu, produce highly committed performances that were very well recorded back in 1988. © David’s Review Corner

Film Music: The Neglected Art, July 2013

…this is a CD to be explored. The orchestra gives a credible performance and the engineering staff nicely recorded the material. © 2013 Film Music: The Neglected Art Read complete review

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