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Rob Barnett
MusicWeb International, January 2014

The playing of the Orquestra Simfonica de Baleares Ciutat de Palma is admirable—their principal conductor is Brotons so they will know each other very well.

More Brotons would be welcome. …do not allow this Naxos CD to disappear into the label’s hugely rewarding and massive schedule. It is easy for releases such as this to sink from view. Amid a continual landslide of CDs it deserves your attention and will reward you strongly. What do the other Brotons symphonies and concertos sound like? I’d like to know. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Allen Gimbel
American Record Guide, January 2014

This is an excellent orchestra, well recorded. Nice release. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Jean-Yves Duperron
Classical Music Sentinel, September 2013

Spanish composer Salvador Brotons…is a highly respected teacher of composition and conducting, and has been the recipient of many awards for his compositions which now top over 125 works. But yet, for some reason, has been passed over by the recording industry. This new Naxos recording of some of his main works should go a long way to rectify this situation and easily convince many other musicians and recording labels to join in the fray.

His Symphony No 5 ‘Mundus Noster’ (Our World) for example…belies it’s recent vintage and sounds closer to something that may have been composed in 1910. Its concern with the “human condition”, a favorite subject from that period in time, and typical four-movement layout project all the earmarks of a great symphony. Here and there, there is a subtle soupçon of Mahlerian gestures, but not enough to detract from Brotons’ own voice and style. Even the Four Pieces for String Orchestra, written when he was only seventeen, bear the stamp of a composer in full mastery of his material, and put to shame similar music by more famous composers.

Let’s hope that the people at Naxos will keep promoting this composer’s fine efforts, and release more CDs of his orchestral output. © 2013 Classical Music Sentinel Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, July 2013

Music from the Spanish composer and conductor, Salvador Brotons, in three world premiere recordings of music written in the present decade. Born in 1959 into a musical family, he first studied flute with his father, continuing his education at the Barcelona Conservatory with Xavier Montsalvatge as his composition mentor. Though his works have received many awards, it has been as a conductor, both in North America and Portugal, that he has become best known. The opening movement of the Fifth Symphony marks out his world of modern tonality, far removed from the dead-end road of Second Viennese School atonality. It is a work that looks at life in the 21st century, each section being given ‘meanings’, the brass of the first movement representing ‘power/wealth’, the waltz of the second movement points to ‘hypocrisy’, and so forth. The result is highly descriptive, and if the hard-hitting style of Shostakovich appears, so do hints of Mahler and Hollywood as we eventually reach ‘hope’. The composer writes that the Oboe Concerto works equally well as an Sonata or as three individual pieces. Surrounded by a very active opening movement and a brilliant final Tarantella, the sad central Berceuse has some French ancestry. Only qualifying for inclusion as a 21st century classic by virtue of a recent revision, the Four Pieces for String Orchestra was the work that brought Brotons to international attention back in 1977. Again with descriptive titles, it is often a powerful and extremely likeable score. With the composer conducting the fine orchestra from the city of Palma on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca, we can take these as benchmark performances, the very nimble soloist, Javier Arnal Gonzalez, being the orchestra’s principal oboist. Very punchy sound. © 2013 David’s Review Corner

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