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Don O’Connor
American Record Guide, November 2015

Du Closel conducts the music with a steady hand. The Greek orchestra’s rather beefy sound here is an asset, adding warmth to music which could definitely use some. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Lynn René Bayley
Fanfare, September 2015

…tremendous playing—not just technically precise and dramatic, but with tremendous sweep, sounding almost as if they had played this music for two months prior to the recording—of the Thessaloniki State Symphony. This is playing of a level that, 40 years ago, would have been considered the sole province of the greatest orchestras in the world, which only goes to show how high the level of playing has risen since that time. Ten stars to du Closel for eliciting such vigorous and authoritative playing from the orchestra, and the sound quality is simply terrific. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review

Michel Fleury
Classica, September 2015

This music has been performed with a rare realism, galvanized by the beautiful passion of Amaury du Closel, visibly picking up the “malipierienne” cause, which he defends here with heroism. © 2015 Classica

David Hurwitz, August 2015

The performances here sound surprisingly confident. …conductor Amaury du Closel does a good job keeping the group together and the music moving smartly forward. © 2015 Read complete review

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

The performances are respectable and serve to introduce the music to us properly…

It is a good listen in any event. © 2015 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, May 2015

Never before recorded, Gian Malipiero’s Sinfonia degli eroi (Sinfonia of Heroes) complements Naxos’s ground-breaking series of his eleven numbered symphonies. A composer who enjoys the depiction in music of a whole spectrum of subjects, his one-movement Sinfonia of Heroes is probably not what you are expecting, the somber opening soon giving way to happy, pastoral and rustic sounds that sweep away heroic deeds, only in the final climatic passage do we hear victory. It was his earliest score given the title ‘symphony’ and dates from 1905, when he was twenty-three years old, and it did initially enjoy a few performances, but fell into obscurity until revived in 2010 by the Greek orchestra featured on this release. Twelve years later the Ditirambo tragico (Tragic Dithyramb) shows a familiarity with atonality, as the score drives towards its tortured conclusion. Lasting not much more than four minutes, Armenia apparently takes its themes from folk music, though it sounds like familiar Malipiero. From the following year, 1918, he is in his ideal musical world with Grottesco (Grotesque), the orchestra producing a series of unusual sounds and harmonies. From 1904 Dai sepolcri is his earliest known score, and supports the poem by Foscolo regarding the 1806 edict on tomb building. A student work that already displays his mature style, but it is a long and rather rambling score. Not a familiar name on disc, the playing of the Thessaloniki State Symphony is very good, the brass are a very fine group, and the engineers have given the whole orchestra a big and bold quality that is ideal for the music. Three world premiers makes this an absolute ‘must have’ for the composer’s admirers. © 2015 David’s Review Corner

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