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Phillip Scott
Fanfare, July 2017

…Domínguez and the Chilean orchestra play this symphony for all its worth and then some. It is an enjoyable way to spend 36 minutes… © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review

Tom Moore
American Record Guide, July 2017

Generally, Soro’s voice sings with an Italian inflection, unabashedly romantic (there’s not much hint of the sufferings of the 20th Century here). There are Latin American traits, as one might expect, in the Three Chilean Airs (1942), a relatively late work. …This orchestral music will certainly appeal to many. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Michael Wilkinson
MusicWeb International, May 2017

This is an excellent discovery, which will give many hours of pleasure. Hats off—not for the first time—for making this unfamiliar and very enjoyable music readily accessible.

Performances throughout are excellent, idiomatic and committed to the music. This is a fine disc—perhaps we might hear more from [Domínguez]. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Bob McQuiston
Classical Lost and Found, March 2017

Maestro Dominguez leads the Chile Symphony Orchestra (CSO) in stunning performances of this pioneering symphonic music by his little-known compatriot. Careful attention to dynamics, phrasing and rhythmic detail along with spirited playing by every member of the CSO bring out all the intricacies of Soro’s brilliantly scored works. © 2017 Classical Lost and Found Read complete review

David Hurwitz, March 2017

The performances, by José Luis Domínguez with the home town team, are vigorous and committed, the sonics somewhat cavernous. They certainly show the composer in a positive light, even if the music itself isn’t as interesting as we might have hoped. For the curious. © 2017 Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, February 2017

Though musically educated in Italy, the birthplace of his father, Enrique Soro returned to his native Chile as an outstanding pianist, composer and conductor. Also attributed in creating the nation’s first internationally recognised Music Conservatory, he brought attention to his homeland by an outstanding catalogue of compositions in many genres. The present disc samples some pleasing and important scores all strongly influenced by Latin American rhythms, the Tres aires chilenos drawing their inspiration from Chilean folk music. The disc opening with an energetic Danza, its pounding rhythms having the feel of a ballet score, it comes in contrast to the overtly romantic and smoochy Andante appassionato. Here it acts as a prelude to the Sinfonia romantica, the disc’s most extended score completed by Soro in 1921. In a style that encompasses a mix of North and South American influences from the end of the nineteenth century, Hollywood represented in the pleasingly light melodic style. In stature, I would then liken it to the symphonies of Raff or Rubinstein, its four movements extending not far short of forty minutes, with a quite dramatic finale that balances the purposeful opening movement. The national orchestra of Chile is a large ensemble not lacking in weight, and it responds well to the distinguished Chilean-born conductor, José Luis Dominguez, the last two works in the heading receiving their world premiere recordings. The recorded sound becomes congested in loud passages, but is more than adequate. © 2017 David’s Review Corner

Records International, February 2017

Here is the first Chilean symphony ever, which Soro actually conducted with the Berlin Philharmonic in 1922, the year after its composition. It’s utterly conservative and fits into the Dvorák-Tchaikovsky groove (the scherzo will have you thinking of Lalo’s stand-alone scherzo)and will delight any Romantic symphony lover. The 1942 aires are a rare example of Soro using Chilean folk-like motifs but all of them are originals created in central Chilean tonada style. © 2017 Records International

Rob Barnett
MusicWeb International, January 2017

Soro’s music as rendered here is entertaining, colourful and attractive. The idiom is familiar. The recording is good and the playing of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile is creditable if not a full luxury item. All credit to everyone for bringing to grateful listeners this otherwise unheard-of music. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review

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