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David Hurwitz, November 2015

The well-played performances under Jean-Luc Tingaud suit the music, being pointedly lively, flowing, and unfailingly intelligent, and the sonics are bright and clear. A convenient program like this really is self-recommending. © 2015 Read complete review

Gérard Condé
Diapason, October 2015

The interpretation, rich in endearing details, avoids unnecessary effects and superfluous elaborations…The orchestra regales the ears with a freshness that comes close to spontaneity. © 2015 Diapason

Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, September 2015

The performances of [the works] here…are very good indeed. The players are responsive to the dynamic and expressive nuances of the scores, the ensemble is well balanced and presents with a full, bright sound, and Naxos’s recording captures it all in fine fashion. Certainly recommended to anyone interested in the non-operatic side of Bizet. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review

Ralph Graves
WTJU, August 2015

The RTE National Symphony Orchestra directed by Jean-Luc Tingaud performs well… © 2015 WTJU Read complete review

Steven Kruger
Fanfare, July 2015

This CD is a delight from beginning to end. The selections are not the usual bits…but constitute a more representative sample of the effervescent Bizet’s art—and a very enjoyable one. Jean-Luc Tingaud remains a conductor to watch, after his recent fine Dukas CD. And the RTÉ Orchestra play with beauty and precision, limpidly recorded. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review

Gil French
American Record Guide, July 2015

[Tingaud is] an exceptionally buoyant yet exacting conductor. Rhythms are absolutely spot on… That’s something that so many conductors are so often careless with and why so many recordings lack the snap or alertness or upbeat clarity that Tingaud has here. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

James Norris
Audiophilia, June 2015

The music…deserves attention and the Irish orchestra under Jean Luc Tingaud make a convincing case for its occasional hearing. © 2015 Audiophilia Read complete review

Gary Lemco
Audiophile Audition, June 2015

The eleven-minute suite (Op. 22) from Tingaud has the requisite pomp, plasticity, and youth to make the music Bizet’s answer to Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. © 2015 Audiophile Audition Read complete review

Remy Frank
Pizzicato, May 2015

Jean-Luc Tingaud might not rescue all of the compositions…but the fresh and spontaneous performances that we can hear make this a worthwhile and recommendable production. © 2015 Pizzicato

Andrew Achenbach
Gramophone, May 2015

…well worth hearing, and already show no mean skill as well as a pleasingly deft orchestral palette.

No grumbles, either, with the delectably unforced account of the Petite Suite… Vividly realistic sound is the icing on the cake of another irresistible bargain from this stylish partnership. More please, Naxos! © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Roger Nichols
BBC Music Magazine, May 2015

this disc offers delights aplenty, not least thanks to Jean-Luc Tingaud’s stylish and alert conducting. Everything is in place, nothing is rushed, even at the fastest tempo, and nothing drags at the slowest; …it’s particularly good to have the teenage Overture in A as testimony to the composer’s precocious understanding of the orchestra. © 2015 BBC Music Magazine, April 2015

fine playing and a sensitive interpretation…with which these [lesser-known] works are shaped and presented. © 2015 Read complete review

Steven A. Kennedy
Cinemusical, April 2015

…this is a great way for fans of Carmen to have a good collection of Bizet’s orchestral music minus the more performed suites from that opera or those of L’Arlesienne. Jean-Luc Tingaud studied with Maurice Rosenthal and thus has a long historical connection to Ravel and classic conducting skills and interpretations for this music. The orchestra here responds quite well to his direction providing great articulation and sensitive shaping of phrases throughout. This is a very delightful disc for Francophiles and lovers of Bizet’s music. © 2015 Cinemusical Read complete review

Robert Benson, April 2015

Naxos has yet another winner with this Bizet CD featuring the unjustly neglected “Roma” Symphony. This vivacious new performance by the superb RTF Orchestra under the dynamic direction of Jean-Luc Tingaud is welcome indeed, and the Naxos audio is state-of-the art. Don’t miss this one! © 2015 Read complete review

Brian Wigman
Classical Net, April 2015

The RTÉ Symphony Orchestra plays extremely well. From Bizet’s first orchestral work—the Overture in A—to the Petite Suite, Op. 22, everything is tuneful and well-articulated.

Naxos provides typically fine sound that highlights the very “French” qualities… © 2015 Classical Net Read complete review

Tim Ashley
The Guardian, March 2015

The performances are supremely elegant…this is an important release, and highly recommended. © 2015 The Guardian Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, March 2015

A number of outstanding composers have suffered the fate of having enjoyed such success with one work, that much else they have written has soon been forgotten. Georges Bizet is a perfect example, for I guess even hardened music lovers will struggle to name his output apart from the opera, Carmen. That situation has grown worse during my lifetime, my younger concert-going days introducing me to his rousing overture, Patrie, and the four movements of his ‘symphony’, Roma. In reality it is a symphonic suite that recalls his days in Italy as winner of the prestigious, Prix de Rome. It had started out as an ambitious Italian Symphony that would picture Rome, Venice, Florence and Naples, but he eventually settled only on Rome. Generally lightweight in mood and texture, its slow movement is seemingly a night scene, its delicate beauty acting as a foil to a finale shaped as a joyous tarantella. The disc also includes Overture in A dating from his student days, and unperformed during his lifetime, its dance-like character making it a curious stand-alone composition. Marche funebre is a sombre opening track written as a prelude to an unperformed opera, while the central part of the disc is given to Bizet’s delightful Petite Suite, an orchestration of movements from the piano duet Jeux d’enfants. In total the disc is one I can commend most highly, the Dublin based RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra (a newish name for the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland) playing exceptionally well for the French-born conductor, Jean-Luc Tingaud. I was hugely pleased with their Dukas disc some months back, and hope Naxos will find more for this combination to record. © 2015 David’s Review Corner

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