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Ivan Moody
Gramophone, November 2017

This is a superb disc, containing impassioned performances, beautifully recorded… © 2017 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Roger Hecht
American Record Guide, November 2014

The two songs for baritone and orchestra are a real find. Mr. Jones is a baritone who sounds almost like a bass. That quality plus his powerful, dark voice works well here… © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Lynn René Bayley
Fanfare, November 2014

I must give high praise…to the Florida State University Symphony musicians for their thoroughly professional handling of this huge, complex score (Symphony No. 2), and to conductor Jiménez for doing the absolute best he can with this music. Their playing is not only technically impeccable but also well-phrased, well-blended, and emotionally moving. They are, in a word, superb. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review



Raymond Tuttle
Fanfare, November 2014

The two songs fare very well…baritone Evan Thomas Jones is so assured and has such an attractive voice. Both are effective and attractive, and quite reminiscent of Wagner…they might be the best practical reason for adding this CD to your collection. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review



Phil Muse
Audio Video Club of Atlanta, November 2014

…the Florida State University Symphony Orchestra under Alexander Jiménez…sound very well in this recording, more than one might expect of a college orchestra, as they pay an elegant tribute to the memory of the composer…[the] Two Songs…deepens our appreciation of Dohnányi’s romantic ethos. Evan Thomas Jones does a commendable job… © 2014 Audio Video Club of Atlanta Read complete review




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, August 2014

The rarely recorded Second Symphony by Hungarian composer Ernő Dohnányi (1877–1960) is a gripping work, and the Florida State University Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alexander Jimenez gives a vibrant account of it. The Two Songs are a valuable addition, prolonging the death theme of the symphony with texts by German author Wilhelm Conrad Gomoll. Evan Thomas Jones is a vocally and dramatically brilliant performer of both of the songs. © 2014 Pizzicato



John Whitmore
MusicWeb International, August 2014

This seldom played symphony is a programme work for a large orchestra on the philosophy of mankind.

The orchestra plays well throughout and does justice to the symphony. Strings are sweet but lightweight…The recording is opulent and spacious.

The two songs…are worthy additions to the catalogue…[the] songs, beautifully sung by Evan Thomas Jones, are dramatic and uplifting.

Lovers of lush romanticism will be more than happy to come across it. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Robert Benson
ClassicalCDReview.com, July 2014

Most interesting are the exquisite, lushly orchestrated songs, very well sung by baritone Evan Thomas Jones. The Florida student orchestra plays beautifully, and their enthusiasm for the music is always apparent. Excellent sound as well. A fascinating important release because of the two songs. © 2014 ClassicalCDReview.com Read complete review



Jean-Yves Duperron
Classical Music Sentinel, July 2014

While living in the United States, Dohnányi taught for ten years at the Florida State University, so it’s rather fitting to hear the Florida State University Orchestra perform what was to be his final symphony in this recording. They would certainly do him proud if he was still alive…the performance as a whole fully supports the work’s trajectory, the symphonic ideal, which to me is: “the goal is the fight to the glorious end”. © 2014 Classical Music Sentinel Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, June 2014

Born in Hungary in 1877, and having enjoyed a life as an internationally famous pianist and conductor, Ernő Dohnányi curiously failed to promote his own works. He seemed happier championing others, Bartók and Kodaly being two who owed him a debt of gratitude. The seldom heard Second Symphony is a programme work for a large orchestra on the philosophy of mankind, the mood summed up with the words: ‘the goal is death; life is the struggle’. Mahler, Bruckner and Liszt are in the shadow of a score that opens in a highly charged mood, relaxing for the following picture of Eve in the Garden of Eden—‘how sweet, how beautiful to live’. A brief sardonic scherzo, leads to an extended finale on words from a Bach chorale, ‘Come, sweet death’, yet as the variations swing between life and death, hope becomes the winner. Two baritone songs from Dohnányi’s younger years, both Wagnerian in content and in a mood of longing, are sung with gravity by Evan Thomas Jones in a world premiere recording. The definitive score of the Second Symphony now resides at the Florida State University, their Symphony Orchestra, a very classy outfit by any standards, giving a very enjoyable performance under the direction of Alexander Jiménez. © 2014 David’s Review Corner





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