Classical Music Home

Welcome to Naxos Records

Keyword Search
 Classical Music Home > Naxos Album Reviews

Album Reviews

See latest reviews of other albums...

Steve Arloff
MusicWeb International, February 2016

Koukl is one of the world’s greatest interpreters of the composer’s music which is further demonstrated with this recording. Jana Hrochová Wallingerová’s voice is absolutely right for this repertoire with her perfect diction. She also has the ability to impart the happy and joyful elements prevalent in so many of these songs as well as the sad and reflective. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Erin Heisel
American Record Guide, November 2015

The performances are quite good; Wallingerova has a golden tone and crisp diction, and Koukl plays with warm and clarity. The two are particularly good in ‘Stari’ from Niponari, a gentle, melancholy piece performed with great sensitivity. The Niponari songs are my favorite part of the recording. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

David Denton
David's Review Corner, June 2015

Seemingly unable to recognise which of his works were worth preserving, Bohuslav Martinů left too many to posterity including works for voice and piano. This third volume concentrates on three song cycles, though their constituent parts are little more than brief cameos, many lasting only a few seconds, the seven that form Songs on One Page passing by without any development on a simple tune. The seven Songs on Two Pages are of more merit, and he does strike a small nugget of musical gold in the melody for Hope. Both collections come from quite late in his life, and we to turn back to his twenty-second year for Japanese Folk-Songs (Niponari) to find something of real value, the seven songs using the text of Japanese poets linked with pastiche Japanese sounds in the piano accompaniment. The result is some quite weighty romantic art songs that would fall roughly into the period of Dvořák. I much enjoy the substantial Two Songs To Negro Poems, the remainder of the disc taken up by nine short ballad songs mainly on pleasing topics. Apart from the two opening song cycles, all the songs are here receiving their world premiere recordings, and as such take our knowledge of Martinů one stage further, though at times their vocal range do place the mezzo, Jana Wallingerová, outside of her comfort zone. She certainly has positive and exceptionally fine accompaniment from Giorgio Koukl, and the Swiss recording quality is highly satisfying. © 2015 David’s Review Corner

Naxos Records, a member of the Naxos Music Group