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Stephen Estep
American Record Guide, January 2015

The performances and sound are fine… © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

David Hurwitz, December 2014

The Cello Concerto…strikes me as…successful. …the writing for the solo instrument is effective and it’s brilliantly played by Li-Wei Qin. Excellent sonics and fine orchestral playing present the music in the best possible light… © 2014 Read complete review

Gary Higginson
MusicWeb International, October 2014

Harris’s Cello Concerto was inspired by the superb tone quality and musicianship of its dedicatee Li-Wei Qin who plays it here. These qualities are reflected in virtuoso dexterity but also in a rich tone which Harris explores and exploits.

I was much taken with the Symphony. The contrasting tempi are beautifully balanced across the movements and the orchestration is brilliant and personal. There is a sound quality which is unique and not even heard in the cello concerto. The whole composition is heartfelt and perfectly structured.

There is no question that the Auckland Philharmonic are superbly in control as is Brett Dean…The recording is vivid and allows the music space although the quiet passages need to be turned up. The loud ones are very powerful. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Andrew Achenbach
Gramophone, September 2014

…[the] performances are admirable. Garry Walker and Brett Dean secure exemplary results from the Auckland orchestra, and Li-Wei Qin lends hugely eloquent advocacy to the concerto. Most truthful sound and useful presentation, too. An enterprising pairing that can be welcomed with open arms. © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

David Denton
David's Review Corner, May 2014

Ross Harris was almost sixty when he decided to devote his life to composition, since then having built a sizable portfolio of works, this disc covering year 2011…the Cello Concerto…is divided into several sections that tend to grow out of one another, rather than contrasting. The result is a score that readily makes an impression by its sheer vitality, the orchestral writing adding much to the rich palette of tonal colours. The Fourth Symphony…is five stand-alone movements, pleasing within their own parameters. Qin is sensational in his dexterity and power, conductor Garry Walker, ensuring a vivid orchestral backdrop. The Auckland Philharmonic also sound highly persuasive for Brett Dean in the Symphony. Superb sound quality. © 2014 David’s Review Corner

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