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Barry Kilpatrick
American Record Guide, January 2017

All of this is wonderful music, and Roost’s band gives it superb readings. It must be a treat for them to play such larger-than-life music, and to be conducted by the composer. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Ralph Graves
WTJU, November 2016

If you want to hear what a professional wind ensemble is capable of, this is the work to listen to. The composer conducts the Philharmonic Winds OSAKAN in standout performances. The album is well-recorded, with a nice ensemble blend that still allows important details to shine through. A joy to listen to. © 2016 WTJU Read complete review



Lisa Flynn
WFMT (Chicago), January 2016

The prolific and internationally admired composer Jan Van der Roost is represented here by three compositions that are very different in style and inspiration. His tone poem Spartacus is an homage to Respighi, whose sense of color and imagination have long fascinated Van der Roost. The expressive Poème Montagnard depicts the natural scenery of Italy’s Aosta Valley, and the Sinfonietta ‘Suito Sketches’ consists of four contrasting movements exploring the qualities and virtuosic possibilities of the modern wind orchestra. © 2016 WFMT (Chicago)



Barry Forshaw
Classical CD Choice, January 2016

Jan Van der Roost is represented here by three compositions that are very different in style and inspiration. His tone poem Spartacus is a homage to Respighi, whose sense of colour and imagination have long fascinated Van der Roost. The expressive ‘mountain poem’ Poème Montagnard depicts the wonderful natural scenery of the Aosta Valley and the Sinfonietta ‘Suito Sketches’ consists of four contrasting movements exploring the qualities and virtuosic possibilities of the modern wind orchestra. Based in Osaka Prefecture, Philharmonic. Winds OSAKAN is Japan’s first professional wind ensemble. © 2016 Classical CD Choice Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, January 2016

A highly productive composer, Jan van der Roost was born in Belgium in 1956, his mainstream modernity attracting commissions including two works on this disc. The ‘odd man out’, so to speak, is Spartacus, a score he wrote in the footsteps of Respighi, whose colourful orchestration he had long admired. As one would expect with the Spartacus story, it is noisy and brilliant, the picture of the gladiator painted in primary colours. By contrast the Poeme Montagnard is created from a mix of pastoral shades and monumental climatic moments as it pictures the Val d’Aosta. There is, appropriately, something of Richard Strauss’s Alpine Symphony in his thoughts, as the Alps rear up in the central part of the work, the score ending in a mood of triumph stated in a hymn-like passage that blazes with glory. The final tracks are taken by the Sinfonietta ‘Suito Sketches’, the commission coming from the city of Osaka, often known as the ‘capital of water’, or ‘suito’ in Japanese. Completed in 2004 it is in four contrasting movements, the outer two carrying both weight and gravitas; the second, Sword Dance, becoming the scherzo, with the third, Nightfall on the River, as the slow movement. All three works present the performers with massive challenges, though they hardly seem to exist to the outstanding musicians based in the Japanese city of Osaka. This is where the composer spends much of his time, and under his direction they must become benchmark performances. One or two split notes evince that these high impact recordings come from concert performances. I do so wish the tepid applause after the Sinfonietta had been removed, as it would have been so easy to do so. Strongly recommended. © 2016 David’s Review Corner





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