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Stephen Estep
American Record Guide, January 2015

…Pilatyuk is an accomplished violinist and plays…with aplomb.

The orchestra and sound are fine… © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Chris Morgan
Scene Magazine, November 2014

The Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra brings precision and class to their robust presentation of the material, and guided by able conductor Hobart Earle, the multi-faceted qualities of Skoryk’s impressive music are fully realized. Bracing and original. © 2014 Scene Magazine



Paul Corfield Godfrey
MusicWeb International, October 2014

None of the music here gives any suggestion of avant-garde experimentation; it is simply very well written. It is also very well played here under the baton of Hobart Earle…[and] there is no evidence of any caution in the readings…Clearly the orchestra know and enjoy Skoryk’s music, as indeed they should. A real discovery… © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, October 2014

Eight compositions by Myroslav Skoryk are performed on this CD. The works are more or less rooted in the Carpatho-Ukrainian folk music and form altogether an attractive program. © 2014 Pizzicato



Steve Arloff
MusicWeb International, October 2014

As an introduction to the music of Myroslav Skoryk this disc is the perfect vehicle with so many varied pieces…

This is a very enjoyable disc and will whet anyone’s appetite to explore Skoryk’s music yet further. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Lawrence Schenbeck
PS Audio, September 2014

Considering it’s a live recording, the sound quality is more than acceptable…and the performances are…razor-sharp and warmly expressive. Kudos to conductor Hobart Earle and the Odessa Phil, who, like this music, ought to be more widely known. Strongly recommended. © 2014 PS Audio Read complete review




Daniel Coombs
Audiophile Audition, September 2014

…I once again give all due credit to Naxos for making finding these interesting lesser knowns practically their corporate mission.

The Violin Concerto No. 7…is not just the most recent work here but, I felt, the best…it does have a lot of drama and urgency to it with a lovely central section featuring some nice interplay between the soloist and the winds. Soloist Nazary Pilatyuk plays very well, indeed.

The Cello Concerto…earned the composer the Shevchenko Prize and is another single movement work, also fairly economical at just under twenty minutes. Throughout the solo cello has many fine, expressive moments, played with passion here by Valery Kazakov.

The Carpathian Concerto for orchestra is billed as somewhat the signature work in this collection. This is a very interesting work that does hold your interest.

The music is of good quality…I do credit Naxos…as always, for making us aware. © 2014 Audiophile Audition Read complete review



Bob McQuiston
Classical Lost and Found, September 2014

Violinist Nazary Pilatyuk and cellist Valery Kazakov give technically stunning, wired performances of their respective concerti appropriate to Skoryk’s sinewy scoring. The Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra under its current Music Director, Venezuelan conductor Hobart Earle, give them strong support, delivering dynamic performances of everything in keeping with the composer’s volatile style.

…the overall timbre is somewhat bright on top…audiophiles will find Skoryk’s audacious scores a real test of their systems. © 2014 Classical Lost and Found Read complete review



Rob Barnett
MusicWeb International, September 2014

The recording is well up to the standards of the premium price competition and the playing by soloists and orchestra shows how far they have come with Hobart Earle along a tortuous and winding road. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Infodad.com, August 2014

A specialty item of a different sort, and also one packed with world-première recordings, is a new Naxos CD featuring music by Ukrainian composer Myroslav Skoryk. Nazary Pilatyuk and Valery Kazakov make fine soloists in the concertos, and the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra under Hobart Earle performs admirably in support and throughout this recording, which was made during live performances marking Skoryk’s 75th birthday in 2013…[the] last work’s combination of rhythmic clarity and folk-music elements makes it unusually accessible for a work of its time. Skoryk may not have all the incisiveness and appeal of other composers from the region, but he does have a distinctive voice that emerges in music that is quite well-crafted. © 2014 Infodad.com Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, August 2014

Hobart Earle directs orchestral playing that is vividly colourful, the compositions for string orchestra both smooth and elegant. The Ukranian-born soloists, Nazary Pilatyuk, and cellist, Valery Kazakov, are passionate in championing the composer, the UK recording team adding the final gloss to a much enjoyed release. © 2014 David’s Review Corner





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