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Gil French
American Record Guide, March 2015

The performances on this album are really good… The music never stagnates, and rhythms are never foursquare. The playing is nicely nuanced, and even the slow movements have a forward-leaning flow. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Ralph Graves
WTJU, February 2015

…the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice under Marke Štilec perform well. © 2015 WTJU Read complete review

Brian Wigman
Classical Net, February 2015

The first thing you notice is that the playing is beautiful. The warmly singing, yet also quite exciting playing of these Czech forces will bring joy to many a listener. Naxos captures Czech winds better than anybody, and they sound gorgeous here.

In Marek Štilec, Naxos seems to have an artist of varied tastes and abilities who is worth watching for a long time. The sound is as lovely as the orchestra. This is a real find… © 2015 Classical Net Read complete review, December 2014

The Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice under Marek Štilec plays [the] pieces with fine style, good balance between strings and winds, and enough dramatic flair to show Beck’s largely unknown but nevertheless significant contribution to symphonic development in the 18th century. © 2014 Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, December 2014

Continuing the much acclaimed recording of the symphonies by the eighteenth century composer, Franz Ignaz Beck, in new performing editions from Allan Badley. Having commented at length on his background in previous reviews, I will just recap that Beck was a much travelled musician who was admired as a performer, composer and teacher, yet having completed a number of Sinfonias, seemingly lost interest in the genre. To understand the magnitude of his achievement you do have to remind yourself that they were all composed before Mozart was born, his introduction of a Minuet movement extending the Sinfonia to the four movement format that would become the symphony of the future. All are characterised by strong opening movements, the fifth of Opus 4 having a high degree of added drama, the whole work, with a dark and extended slow movement, comparable with anything that was yet to come from Haydn. I have particularly enjoyed the fifth of Opus 3, where Beck ends the work with a finale where he toys with changing modulations in an element of fun that was, at the time, a risque device. As I have previously remarked the sleeve note does not refer to the use of period instruments, though the rustic sounding horns indicate that is the case. Sprightly tempos from Marek Štilec achieves a suitable feeling of urgency in outer movements. Good sound quality. Much recommended. © 2014 David’s Review Corner

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