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David Hurwitz, February 2016

The performances here under Marek Stilec…are eminently musical and quite enjoyable. The Czech National Symphony Orchestra isn’t the Philharmonic, but it certainly plays well enough, and the sonics are just fine. © 2016 Read complete review

James Forrest
Fanfare, May 2015

…the Czech National Symphony…is a solid orchestra with just the right timbre, the characteristic tonal palette this music demands…[and] in the youthful Marek Štilec Naxos has found a conductor worthy of this assignment.

…this admirable series of discs ensures…that we need not forget Fibich and that his music will be available to us in good, representative performances, well recorded and annotated. Admirable in toto! Thanks to Naxos. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review

Don O’Connor
American Record Guide, May 2015

Štilec’s conducting, as in his other installments in this series, is sympathetic to Fibich’s style, and he keeps a firm hand over the structure of a work. The playing of the orchestra is fine—vigorous and full-bodied, with good ensemble. Naxos’s recorded sound is excellent. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Stephen Francis Vasta
MusicWeb International, March 2015

Marek Štilec’s performances are sympathetic, and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra…plays with enthusiasm and understanding—it has the right musical “accent”. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Remy Franck
Pizzicato, February 2015

This fourth volume of Fibich’s orchestral works with shorter compositions is so far the most satisfying of the edition. …there is a lot of color and dramatic energy in the music. © 2015 Pizzicato

Rob Maynard
MusicWeb International, February 2015

This Fibich complete orchestral edition is clearly a labour of love for the Czech National Symphony Orchestra and its accomplished conductor Marek Štilec, whose enthusiastic and thorough re-examination of the scores has led to several significant discoveries and consequent revisions. …their performances continue to demonstrate both their own artistic and technical expertise and their deep commitment to the composer. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Ralph Graves
WTJU, January 2015

Marek Štilec and the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice play these works with the deep understanding only a native ensemble can bring to Czech repertoire. The pace is quick, the fortes joyfully loud, and the ensemble is fully committed to bringing these works off—which they do. © 2015 WTJU Read complete review

Bob McQuiston
Classical Lost and Found, January 2015

Performances of Fibich’s music have for years suffered from numerous errors and unauthorized cuts. However, that’s no longer the case with Naxos’s ongoing series devoted to his orchestral compositions. To wit, Maestro Štilec conducts the Czech National Symphony Orchestra in corrected, complete versions of all these works, giving us what are now definitive readings. They confer new life to Fibich’s music…

…the recordings project a moderate well-appointed soundstage in a warm, ideally reverberant acoustic. The instrumental timbre is very natural with musical highs, an impressive midrange and clean bass. …a demonstration quality disc of discovery!© 2015 Classical Lost and Found Read complete review

Christie Grimstad, January 2015

The Czech National Symphony Orchestra brings Zdeněk Fibich’s music a unique vision. It is captivating and full of energy. © 2015 Read complete review, December 2014

…all of [the works here are] very well played by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra under Marek Štilec. © 2014 Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, December 2014

Had the works on this fourth volume of the complete orchestral music of Zdeněk Fibich carried the name of Dvořák, they would have enjoyed greater popularity. The two composers lived at much the same time, writing in an almost identical fashion, Fibich’s thematic material being immensely enjoyable. Much praise for this venture must go to the conductor. Marek Štilec, who, as the booklet relates, has gone back to original manuscripts to ensure we have totally authentic versions. Opening with a substantial and stirring overture A Night at Karlstejn Castle, where the scoring, particularly the horn writing, is so typical of Dvořák. Even more grand is Comenius, a Festival Overture that mixes nobility with drama. Dark and often sinister, The Jew of Prague was a short overture taking its theme from Jiri Kolar’s story of a tragedy by that name, the highly charged score followed by the exuberant ballet music to Fibich’s opera, Hedy, the score replete with Czech folksy atmosphere, the result—without exaggeration—the most charming music you will encounter. The March from Hippodamia’s Death formed part of the incidental music to an epic trilogy of plays, the remainder of the disc given to short pieces written for specific events of national importance. The performances from Štilec and the Czech National Symphony are very good and dedicated to belatedly restoring Fibich’s international standing. The sound quality is first class. © 2014 David’ Review Corner

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