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Brian Wilson
MusicWeb International, January 2011

I hadn’t associated Georg Tintner with Delius—or, for that matter, with some of the other music offered by Naxos in this commemorative series. If we think that only British conductors can do credit to British music, that is to forget Monteux’s Elgar…or Karajan’s Holst…. Tintner’s Delius is not quite in that category, but I have to say that he makes a very credible and creditable case for all the music on this generously-timed album. If you’d played it to me blind and told me that these were lost Beecham, Barbirolli or Handley recordings, I might well have believed you. It’s not as if there was much competition in the Violin Concerto—notably from Pougnet and Beecham (1949) on Naxos Historical (8.111006)—though it’s not in the same league as the concertos for Cello and Violin and Cello, it’s well worth hearing. The recording, made in a church in Halifax, Nova Scotia, offers a believable sound-picture.



Classical Notes, October 2007

…[disc] reveals a fascinating side of Tintner’s art—the extraordinary care he lavished on works that most fans would rank as of far lesser import than any of the acknowledged masterpieces in the other volumes. His Delius, in particular, is wondrous, but best taken in small doses—like a rich mousse, the first taste can be exquisite but becomes bloating as the portion increases. …The orchestra of 37 plays with wonderful precision and keeps the texture light and of nearly chamber proportions, every bit as accomplished as Beecham’s acclaimed versions but with a transparency that belies Tintner’s generally more leisurely tempos. © 2007 Classical Notes Read complete review





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