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Penguin Guide, January 2009

Although an American composer, George Chadwick still relates to the world of Brahms and Dvoƙák, if with an attractive transatlantic flavour in the manner of the New World Symphony. But these tone-poems and (symphonic) overtures, although they have engaging invention, do not always fully sustain their length. The three overtures are each names after one of the muses. Thalia (the muse of comedy) highlights Chadwick’s particular skill at writing wittily and lightheartedly; the more substantial Melpomene (the muse of tragedy) was one of the composer’s most often performed works during his lifetime, its opening almost Tristanesque, while Euterpe (the muse of music), is enjoyably colourful.

The Angel of Death rather melodramatically depicts a dying sculptor’s attempt to finish his masterpiece before succumbing to death. But the longest work here is the tone-poem Aphrodite, which last just under 30 minutes. With its depictions of ‘Moonlight on the Sea’, ‘Storms’, ‘Lovers’, ‘Children Playing’ and ‘The Approach of a Great Army’, it suggests the sights the statue of the goddess might witness overlooking the sea. The Nashville Orchestra seems thoroughly inside the music and the recording is very good…

American Record Guide, December 2002

"If you still think of Nashville only as the home of the Grand Old Opry, you are woefully behind the times. This is a splendid orchestra - indeed, I might even despair of setting it alongside my home team the Detroit Symphony under Jarvi. The string playing is excellent, the winds and brass second to none, and Mr. Schermerhorn, who has led the orchestra for nearly 20 years, clearly has great affection for the spirit and sentiment of American music. The engineering is beyond reproach, and at the Naxos price there is simply no excuse to miss out."

Anthony Burton
BBC Music Magazine, October 2002

"With excellent playing, this is an extremely recommendable bargain."

T. Hashimoto
San Francisco Examiner, September 2002

"Majestic performances by the Nashville gang."

Timothy Mangan
The Orange County Register, July 2002

"Chadwick displays an easy mastery of the orchestra and provides a steady flow of musical ideas, shaped into viable forms."

Rad Bennett

"The orchestra has proven the equal of almost any in this country and plays with virtuosity on this Chadwick release. The recorded sound is just right, with enough ambiance for warmth, yet still with plenty of detail. The stage depth is particularly well delineated. Even when the magnificent brass section plays loudly, it is quite evident they sit behind the strings. As icing on the cake, this disc is Naxos, which means it's offered at a reasonable price and that makes it a genuine bargain."

Gerald Fenech
Classical Net

"These are luscious, late romantic scores imbued with great beauty and often stirring melodic charm. The three overtures based on muses are all very colourful indeed with Thalia perhaps the classier in construction although the beautiful Melpomene is no less brilliant in textured orchestration. Schermerhorn's conducting is never short of atmospheric and involving, with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra evidently enjoying the music. At almost 80 minutes, this disc makes for an outstanding bargain and is really a must for lovers of late romantic music."

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