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Paul Orgel
Fanfare, September 2014

Jun Märkl leads lively, flexible performances, and the Leipzig Radio Symphony plays well…I highly recommend this disc…a delightful find. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review

Don O’Connor
American Record Guide, September 2014

The MDR Orchestra plays as if they’d been doing this stuff all their lives, and Jun Markl’s conducting brings out the beauty of over an hour of off-beat, excellent repertoire. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Bob McQuiston
Classical Lost and Found, June 2014

Soprano Viktorija Kaminskaite is in good form [in Seejungfräulein], and receives strong support from conductor Jun Märkl and the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, who go on to give us superb accounts of the other selections. © 2014 Classical Lost and Found Read complete review

David Hurwitz, May 2014

The Little Mermaid is a brilliant, post-Wagnerian scena for soprano and orchestra, and it’s quite beautifully sung by soprano Viktorija Kaminskaite. Her voice rides the orchestra effortlessly, while her tone remains consistently smooth and lovely throughout its range. Jun Märkl leads the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony with plenty of verve… © 2014 Read complete review

Steven A. Kennedy
Cinemusical, May 2014

These are equally committed performances of music that is not easy by any means. The orchestra must be able to run the gamut of Wagnerian romanticism to Impressionism and all the interesting turns of harmony that come along with these musical movements. Markl’s program is well chosen providing a very good overview of the different stylistic approaches that comprised D’Albert’s music and showing off its development across his career. Soloist Viktorija Kaminskaite has a gorgeous voice and it goes through a lot in a piece that has her moving to the far ends of the upper range, those she manages these beautifully with a great sense of drama. The result is that there is much wonderful music to discover here that is well worth your attention. The sound is equally well-matched to create a realistic spacing of the orchestra. Highly recommended. © 2014 Cinemusical Read complete review

Remy Franck
Pizzicato, April 2014

Colorful and vivid performances of six works by Eugen d’Albert. Lithuanian soprano Viktorija Kaminskaite is impressive in ‘The Little Mermaid’. © 2014 Pizzicato

David Denton
David's Review Corner, April 2014

Though thought of as a German composer, Eugen d’Albert was born in Scotland in 1864, musically educated in London, and died in Latvia as a Swiss citizen in 1932. Between concert tours he found time to compose in many genres, including two fine piano concertos, symphonic works, and the very lengthy overture to Grillparzer’s play based on the biblical Book of Esther that opens the disc. He had a natural ability to write a wealth of melody that is beautifully orchestrated and at times preempts Hollywood. He could also be exciting, as we hear in the fast and furious prelude to the second act of Gernot…Today only the dramatic opera, Tiefland, continues to make occasional stage appearances, though in its time the comedy, Die Abreise, enjoyed some success…The orchestral suite, Aschenputtel (Cinderella), follows the fairy-tale in five scenes, its content generally lightweight…Finally we have a minor masterpiece, Das Seejungfraulien (The Little Mermaid)…It is taxing as it goes high in the stratosphere, but is here very well sung by the Lithuanian soprano, Viktorija Kaminskaite, and throughout the Leipzig Radio Orchestra with Jun Markl are worthy champions of an unjustly neglected composer. The recording from Tim Handley is excellent. © 2014 David’s Review Center

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