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Raymond Walker
MusicWeb International, December 2014

This well-crafted music with lush melody comes from a fairly unknown Czech composer who radiates that native warmth so much felt in Smetana’s tone poems. The performance is particularly fine and spaciously recorded but with good focus on the sections. Conductor Štilec teases out many nuances in the scores. © 2014 MusicWeb International




David Hurwitz
ClassicsToday.com, November 2014

…the playing is very accomplished, the engineering a touch raw but vivid…[and] these performances would command attention. Easily recommended. © 2014 ClassicsToday.com Read complete review



Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, July 2014

Here…is a composer from the heart of 19th-century Bohemia, whose music reflects very little of the Czech complexion one hears in Smetana and Dvořák, yet whose voice is one of a distinct musical vocabulary and style uniquely his own. Definitely recommended. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review



Gary Higginson
MusicWeb International, May 2014

The performances surely cannot be bettered. The orchestra and conductor…are deeply empathetic to this music. The recording is spacious and beautifully balanced, allowing the music to speak directly. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Don O’Connor
American Record Guide, May 2014

 In general, it’s a fine effort all around, with spacious recorded sound, making a good case for the composer. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Paul Corfield Godfrey
MusicWeb International, March 2014

…this performance is excellent enough to withstand the most exalted competition. The recording is rich and full, giving full justice to the luscious scoring.

The use of scholarly versions of the music…gives this new CD a real edge over its rivals, and one looks forward with pleasure to further issues in the series. The music of Fibich is yet another example of a composer who has tended to be lost to sight outside his native Bohemia. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review




Gary Lemco
Audiophile Audition, February 2014

The relatively obscure music of Zdenek Fibich receives its due in sympathetic, conscientious readings by Marek Stilec. © 2014 Audiophile Audition Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, January 2014

Zdenek Fibich’s operas receive an occasional airing, but his orchestral works, that include three symphonies, have fallen from the international concert repertoire. From my slender acquaintance with his music has grown an admiration for a composer whose music we would probably hear often had in not been for the considerable output of his celebrated Czech contemporary, Dvorak. Maybe he never did find a rich seam of melodic inspiration, yet compare this with Dvorak’s early symphonies, and you will be delighted to discover something of the same ilk. The outer movements have impact, and while the scherzo bubbles along in a relaxed mode, it acts as a foil for the finale with its heroic tang and thunderous conclusion. Composed in the same year, At Twilight pictures Fibich’s walks in the countryside with friends in a series of cameos painting their personalities. Bordering on light music, the sleeve note writer obviously wants it to be a surprise when you discover Fibich’s best known melody appearing at close the work. Selanka, a short Idyll for clarinet and orchestra, makes a peaceful ending to a lovely disc. We are indebted to the conductor, Marek Stilec, who has done considerable work and research so as to return us to the composer’s original scores, many having been much changed over the years…the Czech orchestra…play with verve and sincerity in a reliable sound quality. I now look forward with considerable enthusiasm to the volumes scheduled to follow in this cycle of the composer’s complete orchestral works. © 2014 David’s Review Corner





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