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John Pitcher
American Record Guide, September 2014

The symphony opens with bucolic music suggesting a peaceful countryside, complete with fluttering bird trills. III is a storm filled with furious string, wind, and timpani passages. Italy’s Turin Philharmonic turns in a delightfully colorful and energetic performance. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Bertil van Boer
Fanfare, September 2014

The performances by two orchestras from Prague and Turin respectively sound so well integrated…Christian Benda keeps his people moving right along…where the energy he brings is palpable…the Knecht is done with considerable sensitivity to all of the textured nuances inherent within the music. Each instrument…is clear and audible. This is one disc I would recommend without qualms. It presents some lively and rare music that deserves much further publicity. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review



Lucy Jeffery
MusicWeb International, June 2014

In its combination of German and French compositions from the mid-eighteenth century, this CD would delight any listener. Knecht’s skill in depicting a pastoral vision and Philidor’s uncanny gift for conveying gesture and anticipation are memorable. With such a high quality recording and two renowned orchestras, these two worlds come alive, imbued with esprit and resilience. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review




Steven A. Kennedy
Cinemusical, April 2014

The Turin Orchestra seems to work their way through [Knecht’s] work well…

The Prague Sinfonia proves to be the perfect ensemble for [Philidor’s] pieces and they receive fine performances here. They are certainly well thought out and interesting works.

Here are five rather interesting works that will provide a fine afternoon of listening. © 2014 Cinemusical Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, March 2014

Though Francois-Andre Philidor earned a living as a chess player, he also enjoyed much success as a composer who helped to found the French Opera-Comique. His rise to success in the 1760’s was quite spectacular…we can enjoy four of his opera overtures which, in the case of Le Jardinier et Son Seigneur and Le Marechal-Ferrant, are, in fact, extended three-movement Sinfonias whose content hardly suggests the comedy to follow, though they are ideal for concert performance. Le Sorcier was intended to mix comedy and colourful action…His greatest success came with Tom Jones, and here again it is the equal of anything coming from that period. By comparison Justin Heinrich Knecht was a workaday kapellmeister who produced a sizeable output to meet transitory local demands, his orchestral score, Le Portrait musical de la nature, being his one claim to fame as the forerunner of Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony, even to the shape of the work. So we have plenty of bird song, rippling streams and a peaceful atmosphere of the countryside, until, as in Beethoven’s score, we have the storm, in no way so violent, but still making its point. Reliable performance in the Knecht from the Turin orchestra, but the disc moves up a gear for the outstanding Prague Sinfonia in the Philidor. © 2014 David’s Review Corner





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