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David Hurwitz
ClassicsToday.com, April 2016

Atlas delivers a very sympathetic performance and gets really good playing from the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, with surprisingly rich string sound for this group.

…Atlas takes marginally more time with the music as compared to the few competing versions, yet there’s not a trace of lethargy—rather, her pacing shows pure enjoyment of the work’s luscious textures, which she explores with obvious pleasure. © 2016 ClassicsToday.com Read complete review




BBC Music Magazine, April 2015

Prolix and sprawling music, with beautiful passages to reward patient listening. The Israel Symphony features five fine soloists; violist Yuri Gandelsman impresses in the orientally flavoured Suite. © 2015 BBC Music Magazine



Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, January 2015

[Dalia Atlas’s] handling of the orchestra achieves a…revealing realization of the score’s many exotic details… © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Robert Markow
Fanfare, January 2015

Dalia Atlas conducts…with obvious love and commitment. Violist Yuri Gandelsman likewise turns in an excellent performance of the Suite. Highly recommended. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



James A. Altena
Fanfare, January 2015

This is far and away the best [recording] of the rarely performed Israel Symphony. Warmly recommended. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Brian Wigman
Classical Net, October 2014

The performances are committed and well-recorded, with the majestic Israel Symphony coming across as particularly colorful…the Slovak Radio forces…play very well, especially in the unquestionably moving finale…the music is ethereal.

…the Suite for Viola and Orchestra is probably the finer piece from a compositional standpoint…[and] soloist Yuri Gandelsman is…willing to milk the various melodies for their richness. © 2014 Classical Net Read complete review



Paul Corfield Godfrey
MusicWeb International, October 2014

…[Dalia Atlas’] performance has all the engagement with the music than one could wish. The orchestra…play well for her and encompass the difficulties of the score without problems.

Naxos are to be congratulated on their collaboration with Atlas in exploring the music of [Bloch]…and also for their willingness to expand Atlas’s recorded repertoire in the field. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, October 2014

If the passionate Israel Symphony is part of Bloch’s Jewish cycle, the Viola Suite expresses his admiration for the Far East, describing the jungle, apes, Javanese villages and China. The performances are excellent as is the sound recording. Highly recommendable. © 2014 Pizzicato



Geoffrey Norris
Gramophone, October 2014

…the blend of thrust, gleaming colour and meditative, serene soul-searching that Atlas and her forces bring to the score (Israel) makes this a constructive addition to the Naxos catalogue.

[In] Suite for viola and orchestra…[with] soloist Yuri Gandelsman and the Atlas Camerata Orchestra, there is a potent fusion of finesse and vitality. © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone




Mel Martin
Audiophile Audition, September 2014

If you like Bloch, this CD is worth having, both in terms of performance and recording. This disc is sonically superior. © 2014 Audiophile Audition Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, August 2014

Atlas and the Slovak orchestra do the score a lot of favours with their detailed and atmospheric performance…the Suite for Viola and Orchestra, here given a fine performance by the Russian-born, Yuri Gandelsman. I particularly enjoy the Far East influences in the energetic scherzo, and the seductively Arabic sounds of the following Lento. A fast and virtuoso finale completes a totally engaging piece. © 2014 David’s Review Corner





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