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Brian Wilson Download Roundup
MusicWeb International, December 2011

[‘A glorious disc of otherwise unavailable Rodrigo works for various voices and orchestra which yet again gives the lie to the idea of the great Spaniard as a classical “one hit wonder”.’ – see review by Neil Horner.]

[‘This is the sort of musical experience I really love: like all the best books it’s hard to get into, but once you’re in it’s a lot harder to get back out. Anyway, who’d want to?’ – see review by Paul Serotsky.]

There’s sweetness and light here for Christmas Day in the settings of Christmas songs in a manner reminiscent of Canteloube’s Songs of the Auvergne and tougher material for when the turkey and tinsel are but a distant memory. Utterly different from the Concierto de Aranjuez as this music may be, it’s very well worth exploring—perhaps try it from the Naxos Music Library first if you’re not sure: the texts are offered there, too. © 2011 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Robert R. Reilly
Crisis, December 2003

"These are tender, exquisite, folk-like pieces that enchant with their lyrical simplicity and ardor...Soloists and the Chorus and Orchestra Comunidad de Madrid perform with real conviction."

Jan Smaczny
BBC Music Magazine

"The Aradia Ensemble has without question a refined understanding of French Baroque performance practices. Its reading of the Te Deum's famous prelude swings with the best of them and the tempi are well judge throughout. The instrumental playing is consistently excellent."

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