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Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, January 2017

…Gallois’s Czech ensemble plays with informed period style and impeccable taste, and spotless technical polish. © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review



James A. Altena
Fanfare, January 2017

…Patrick Gallois and the Czech Chamber Philharmonic of Pardubice provide crisp, energetic, stylish readings, though harpsichordist Filip Dvoƙák is noticeably more subdued in his contribution this time around. © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review




Infodad.com, November 2016

HAYDN, M.: Symphonies, Vol. 1 - P. 15, 16, 19, 21 (Czech Chamber Philharmonic, Pardubice, Patrick Gallois) 8.573497
HAYDN, M.: Symphonies, Vol. 2 - P. 17, 18, 22, 42 (Czech Chamber Philharmonic, Pardubice, Patrick Gallois) 8.573498

As these two bright and generally bubbly CDs show, [Haydn] was a composer of some stature, with a strong sense of rhythm, a fine feel for orchestral balance, and occasional instances of genuine creativity, …Michael Haydn was actually a very popular composer in his lifetime, and these CDs show why: his symphonies fit neatly into the expected categories of graceful Classical-era composition. They certainly deserve to be heard from time to time, and some very intriguing concerts could be created by carefully choosing a mixture of symphonies by Michael Haydn, Joseph Haydn and Mozart. © 2016 Infodad.com Read complete review



Michael Wilkinson
MusicWeb International, October 2016

In this (modern instrument) recording, I found the first movement of the D major symphony just a mite ponderous, and there were a couple of places elsewhere where my own preference would have been for a touch more élan, but these are tiny flaws in a recording which really does justice to these charming and inventive works. More, please! © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review




BBC Music Magazine, September 2016

This feels like a generous serving of Sinfonias by Joseph Haydn’s elder brother, Johann Michael Haydn (1737-1806), though the four works pass by pleasantly enough in respectable performances. © 2016 BBC Music Magazine



John Suchet
Classic FM, August 2016

The music is performed in a lively and relaxed style by a fine ensemble from the Czech Republic, directed by the flautist Patrick Gallois. © 2016 Classic FM Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, August 2016

This second disc of Sinfonias by Johann Michael Haydn, the younger brother of the celebrated Franz Joseph, adds to my esteem for his mix of drama and lyric writing. It was of such a high quality that for many years several of his scores were thought to have been the work of Mozart, though, as you will discover in the disc’s opening track, his style of orchestration was so totally different. At the same time Michael—he dropped the forename, Johann—did not possess his brother’s knack of surprise in his use of thematic material. That lack of ability kept his works quite short and usually in three movements of almost equal length, the finale, more often than not, a bubbling and happy presto, the E flat Sinfonia having a particularly joyous conclusion. All four on this disc date from the 1770’s and call for a small orchestra with parts for a pair of horns. Though his scores did not contain elaborate dynamic markings, I feel that the conductor, Patrick Gallois, could have taken some liberties that would have injected larger dynamic contrasts, too much emerging as a warm mezzo-forte. The playing of the small Czech chamber orchestra is both neat and well-balanced, and the recorded sound is of pleasing quality. A very worthwhile exploration into the world of rarely heard music. © 2016 David’s Review Corner



David Mellor
Classic FM, July 2016

HAYDN, M.: Symphonies, Vol. 1 - P. 15, 16, 19, 21 (Czech Chamber Philharmonic, Pardubice, Patrick Gallois) 8.573497
HAYDN, M.: Symphonies, Vol. 2 - P. 17, 18, 22, 42 (Czech Chamber Philharmonic, Pardubice, Patrick Gallois) 8.573498

Gallois and his Czech band play four symphonies on each of these two volumes, available separately, the first of which lasts 71 minutes, and the second of which 69. There’s good value here, and some interesting listening for the curious. © 2016 Classic FM Read complete review





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