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Raymond Tuttle
Fanfare, November 2014

Lande is sympathetic and understands what this music is all about…what we are left with is an adequate recording that leaves us wanting a little more. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review

William Kreindler
MusicWeb International, September 2014

Andrew Balio, the Principal Trumpet of the Baltimore Symphony, handles the varied aspects of the Trumpet Concerto with great aplomb, especially in the second movement cadenza. In the Symphony the St. Petersburg Chamber Choir sings the a capella sections with great beauty and simplicity, combining equally well with the orchestra. The members of the St. Petersburg State Symphony have shown themselves to be experts in Weinberg’s music… This disc is no exception and the woodwinds are truly impressive.

As this is the only currently available recording of No. 18 it is a must-purchase addition to all collections of twentieth century music. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Mel Martin
Audiophile Audition, August 2014

The Trumpet Concerto…is amongst Weinberg’s most substantial and diverse works…Naxos gives us a very fine recording with depth and a solid soundstage.

The symphony is beautifully recorded, with an ethereal blend between the instruments and voices. The soundstage is robust and the orchestra dynamics are faithfully reproduced.

I have to salute Naxos for their extensive Weinberg series, of which this current disc is an excellent example. © 2014 Audiophile Audition Read complete review

Remy Franck
Pizzicato, August 2014

Weinberg’s Trumpet Concerto is carefully played by Andrew Balio, the soloist being fully in harmony with the softly playing orchestra. The Eighteenth Symphony, the second of the trilogy ‘On the Threshold of War’, is presented in a warm and often moving performance. © 2014 Pizzicato

Robert Cummings
Classical Net, July 2014

The performances in both works are top-notch. Trumpeter Andrew Balio plays with incredible feeling and technical skills, and the orchestra in both works delivers excellent work under the masterful leadership of Vladimir Lande. The St Petersburg Chamber Choir and the four vocal soloists sing splendidly in the symphony as well. The Naxos sound reproduction is vivid and powerful. Strongly recommended—and I anxiously await the next issue in this marvelous series. © 2014 Classical Net Read complete review

Martin Anderson
International Record Review, July 2014

This is the fourth Weinberg recording that Vladimir Lande has made for Naxos and it’s just as good as the other three…the tempos are well judged and Weinberg’s sometimes disjunct architecture is made to work as a whole. The engineering team has captured both body and detail in the orchestral sound…

…there’s no real alternative to this new recording, but it’s so good that the absence of competition is of no concern. This is, then, another major addition to the Weinberg discography, and it can be recommended without hesitation. © 2014 International Record Review

Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, June 2014

These are excellently solid performances of works well worth having.

Lande and the amassed choral and instrumental forces give us a performance worthy of the brilliance of the music. And at the Naxos price it is an attractive package!

Very recommended. © 2014 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review, June 2014

Naxos…has now made [Weinberg’s] No. 18 available in a very fine performance by soloists, chorus and the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra under Vladimir Lande. The work is nicely paired with Weinberg’s Trumpet Concerto…Andrew Balio plays the concerto quite well, with nuance and elegance rather than overweening virtuoso display, and as in the symphony, Lande leads the orchestra with sure-handedness, understanding and a firm grasp of Weinberg’s style. © 2014 Read complete review

Erik Levi
BBC Music Magazine, June 2014

(Trumpet Concerto)
(Symphony No 18)


The present performance [of the Trumpet Concerto] boasts a compelling contribution from Andrew Balio, who revels in the witticisms of the Finale while also encapsulating the darker undertones of the wistful central movement. The St Petersburg State Symphony offers strong support… © 2014 BBC Music Magazine

Barry Forshaw
Classical CD Choice, May 2014

Another impressive excavation from Naxos of a neglected Soviet symphonic corpus, compromised to some extent by a percussion player so hilariously far from the composer’s notation that his contribution sounds like an avant-garde extemporisation. © 2014 Classical CD Choice

David Denton
David's Review Corner, May 2014

Whether they were a compliant composer working within the Communist regime, or one who was openly opposed to it has often coloured Western views of their music. Mieczyslaw Weinberg is presently being marketed as a dissident, his works offered as having come out of the shadow of Shostakovich…we should simply find satisfaction in discovering a composer of considerable ability. The Trumpet concerto…is a likeable score written in 1967, and at a time when he was supplying the regime with audience pleasing music. Free of these doctrinal constraints, his Eighteenth symphony, completed in 1984, reveals his response to the evil of War. A deeply moving performance, the chorus of excellent quality, the whole disc encased in a feeling of dedication to the composer. Andrew Balio from the Baltimore Symphony is the sprightly solo trumpet. © 2014 David’s Review Corner

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