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Greg Pagel
American Record Guide, September 2015

…exciting and charming. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Lynn René Bayley
Fanfare, September 2015

…an excellent album for those who enjoy Webern’s unusual music. Tony Arnold is one of the musical treasures of our time, the Fred Sherry Quartet is excellent, and so is Craft in the one work he directs. The sound quality is bright and clear for the most part. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



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

…Tony Arnold and Claire Booth [sing their] parts very convincingly, the Simon Joly Chorale sounding very good, and the intricate instrumental background coming off quite well in the hands of Jacob Greenberg, piano, the various instrumentalists and the Philharmonia Orchestra.

Smashing! © 2015 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review




Andrew Clements
The Guardian, May 2015

Five sets of songs with piano, sung with remarkable poise and warmth by soprano Tony Arnold accompanied by pianist Jacob Greenberg, dominate the disc. © 2015 The Guardian Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, April 2015

Without Arnold Schoenberg and his creation of the Second Viennese School, I guess the handful of works by Anton Webern would now be just a distant memory. In total they can be contained within two CDs, Robert Craft extending it to three by the inclusion of Webern’s arrangements. I suppose such words will be seen as those of a heretic, but how are we to judge him on such slim evidence of his talents, as he had set about sliming down music to its essentials, the three movements of his String Quartet lasting no more than eight minutes. To Craft they are the work of a genius, his second complete recording of his total output receiving immaculate performances that here include the American soprano, Tony Arnold, in five groups of his songs, probably bringing a more lyric and smooth approach than was prevalent in the hair-vest performances of yesteryear. I was equally pleased to hear young Claire Booth, whose operatic roles I have so much admired, as the soloist in the First Cantata with the Philharmonia. Some familiar names in the chamber music include the cellist, Fred Sherry, clarinettist, Charles Neidich, and Leila Josefowicz as the principal violinist in the Chamber Symphony arrangement. So if you want to come to terms with Webern’s output, do start here with the impeccable credentials of all concerned. Various locations and dates—mostly in New York during 2011—but overall very good sound. © 2015 David’s Review Corner





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