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Rob Barnett
MusicWeb International, August 2016

…[disc] presents the old world and new world faces of this composer [Waghalter] and one pièce d’occasion straddling or in transition between the two worlds. …The Overture is a zesty, bubbly and naughty firework of an affair as befits Waghalter’s take on the subject. …The Intermezzo is a contentedly genial amble with leading charm from the oboe, elegant satire from the trumpet and a winningly sultry yet weightless Tchaikovskian melody from the strings. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Don O’Connor
American Record Guide, November 2015

Walker’s interpretation of the music is sturdy, with good rhythmic pulse. The New Russia Orchestra plays with healthy vigor and largeness of gesture… © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide




David Hurwitz
ClassicsToday.com, July 2015

It’s great fun, and conducted with both flair and love by Alexander Walker, who is responsible for the work’s (New World Suite) reconstruction.

The New Russia State Symphony Orchestra…plays quite well under Walker’s direction, and the sonics, while perhaps a bit studio-bound, never come between you and the music. A very enjoyable release. © 2015 ClassicsToday.com Read complete review




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, June 2015

Enjoyable music, impeccably recorded. With ten short movements the New World Suite is a lively and charming work of rich melodic fantasy. © 2015 Pizzicato



Bruce Reader
The Classical Reviewer, June 2015

Alexander Walker and the New Russia State Symphony Orchestra provide very fine performances and are nicely recorded. © 2015 The Classical Reviewer Read complete review




Steven A. Kennedy
Cinemusical, June 2015

The music here…shows off the soloists of the orchestra and the players here seem to manage to get a sense of the musical style. Overall, the release is a…delightful collection of music introducing this composer’s music and making one want to further explore his other work. The New World Suite is in and of itself a rather unique curiosity that warrants picking up the disc. © 2015 Cinemusical Read complete review



Bob McQuiston
Classical Lost and Found, May 2015

Their (Walker’s and NRSSO’s) superb renditions of these selections once again prove Waghalter to be a significant romantic discovery.

The instrumental timbre is characterized by brilliant highs, a pleasing midrange, and clean bass. © 2015 Classical Lost and Found Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, May 2015

Born of impoverished Polish Jewish parents, the immense musical gifts of Ignatz Waghalter took him to Berlin as a well-known conductor and an admired composer. Then came the Nazi era, Waghalter fleeing to the United States in 1937—where he had already worked—and there embarked on some misguided ventures, not least the formation of an Afro-American orchestra. By the time of his death in 1949, aged just 68, he was impoverished and largely forgotten. In happier times Waghalter had become known as an opera conductor, giving many German premieres, including Puccini’s Girl of the Golden West, while his own operas were very well received. The year 1914 saw the first performance of his comic opera Mandagola being presented before a very distinguished audience. The newspaper reviews were ecstatic, and you only have to listen to the two gorgeous excepts on this disc to understand that response. Go forward twenty-five years and stylistically nothing had changed in the New World Suite, a score only discovered in 2013. It was still in the same light, frothy and happy mode, though I could find little relationship between the music and some of the titles of the ten sections. When I reached the Hymn and Variations, which sounded rather like an off-shoot of the popular song The last time I say Paris, I gave up trying and sat back to enjoy a work that has passing relationships with Shostakovich’s excursions into light music. The disc ends in military band fashion with the stirring, Masaryk’s Peace March, composed in 1935 in honour of the Czech president. Throughout the New Russia State Symphony Orchestra play superbly in capturing the mood of the music, Alexander Walker keeping the tempos moving forward with admirable zest and fun. Top drawer sound quality. © 2015 David’s Review Corner





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