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Luke Pfeil
American Record Guide, November 2016

The Würzburg Philharmonic delivers adequate…accompaniment. It is impressive that de Ritis performs with such impeccable technique. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Grant Chu Covell
La Folia, May 2016

De Ritis is gallant; the Paganini Concertino is perhaps the finest piece here. © 2016 La Folia Read complete review

Rob Maynard
MusicWeb International, April 2016

All [pieces] feature the accomplished bassoonist Patrick De Ritis and he is joined in the Paganini by the equally talented and engaging horn-player José Vicente Castelló. …consistent pleasure is to be gained from Verdi’s capriccio, an engagingly rhythmic concoction that the young composer sensibly kept relatively succinct and to the point. The Paganini concertino is another well crafted piece and I was pleased to make its acquaintance in this attractive performance. The Würzburg orchestra’s accompaniment is consistently sensitive and appropriately scaled. Conductor Calesso ensures that everything from Verdi’s occasional passages of orchestral bel canto to the playful jauntiness of Rossini’s closing rondo emerges sharply focused and crystal clear. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review

John Whitmore
MusicWeb International, February 2016

Bassoon aficionados will snap this disc up, offering as it does a chance to hear some virtuoso pieces played with great authority and musicality by Patrick De Ritis, principal bassoonist with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. Mr De Ritis also has a fine, rounded tone which suits the music admirably, especially in the higher register and during the legato passages.

The playing of the Würzburg Philharmonic and the soloists is good throughout. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Steven A. Kennedy
Cinemusical, February 2016

…a good recording of a live performance showcasing an orchestra at its best. The Würzburg players are on fine display throughout these works providing great accompaniment to the bassoon works and getting a chance to shine more interpretively in the Respighi and Puccini pieces. © 2016 Cinemusical Read complete review

David Mellor
Classic FM, January 2016

…some fine playing from bassoonist Patrick de Ritis, and the Würzburg Philharmonic…

…engaging horn playing from José Vicente Castelló. © 2016 Classic FM Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, January 2016

Three seldom heard works for bassoon and orchestra, played superbly by Patrick De Ritis, are a very good reason to purchase this disc of ‘Italian Orchestral Works’. All three require finger-knotting dexterity, with a succulent creamy tone necessary for the central movement of Rossini’s three movement concerto. Presently principal bassoon of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, having previously held the same position for major orchestras in his native Italy. He is faced with works that are little other that are unabashed virtuoso showpieces, the Verdi’s Capriccio only recently rediscovered. Having been composed in 1831 for the leading French bassoonist of the day, Antoine Nicholas Henry, the two instruments make strange partners in the Paganini Concertino, the horn part, played by Jose Vicente Castello, providing most of the of the tightrope-style brilliance. The performance of the disc’s most familiar and major work—Respighi’s ballet, La boutique fantastique on themes by Rossini—is rather pedestrian in ballet terms, and I have surely much more vivaciously danced Can Cans. The playing of the Wurzburg orchestra is pleasing enough, and fills out a disc that is worth buying just to hear De Ritis. A ‘live’ recording that has a good seat in a concert hall perspective. © 2016 David’s Review Corner

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