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John J. Puccio
Classical Candor, November 2010

The first thing I noticed when I picked up this disc was that it included only the four Mozart Horn Concertos and nothing else. This amounts to only a little over fifty minutes of music, while most competing labels include another concerto or two. I also thought, well, if you could buy the Naxos disc for around five bucks, it would still be worth the money, and then I remembered that “budget-priced” Naxos discs are now retailing at about nine or ten dollars, nearly the cost of most remastered mid-price material. So, the album is not the bargain it might have been a few years ago.

The performances are pleasant enough, if not extraordinary in any way. I mean, how can you knock a musician whose name is Muzyk, anyway? He plays a good horn, although he’s also rather foursquare in his interpretations. Occasionally, I felt that the slow sections might have been a little too languid, but they are brief interludes, and things pick up in the outer movements.

The Naxos sound for Muzyk and the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio is fairly close, yet with plenty of resonant bloom. Although the engineers capture the horn in the center position, it is a tad more recessed than usual, and the orchestral spread seems to favor the left side of the sound stage a tad too much.

American Record Guide, January 2008

Polish-born horn player Jacek Muzyk, principal horn of the Buffalo Philharmonic, is an assured soloist with outstanding technical skills and a refinement that serves these wonderful pieces well. One of the best things a horn player can do with them is to make them sound easy, and Muzyk certainly does. The portion of the album that lingers in my memory is the very first track—surely one of the fastest, most exhilarating accounts of Horn Concerto 1 on record. Clean, incisive playing by the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio.

Michael Ullman
Fanfare, January 2008

…the energy and good cheer of the performance makes it pleasing overall. Muzyk’s sound is warm, his technique bold. Duczmal is equally bold; his strings are precise… © 2008 Fanfare Read complete review

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