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Stephen Francis Vasta
MusicWeb International, May 2019

The Singapore Symphony under Choo Hoey’s direction plays everything capably; the homophonic chords in the symphony’s first movement are powerful. … The reproduction is excellent.

I’m delighted to have this again. © 2019 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Julian Haylock
BBC Music Magazine, November 2015

A useful reminder that there is more to Ippolitov-Ivanov than his popular Caucasian Sketches. Glazunov fans will adore the symphony’s nationalistic, St Petersburg-style colour and zeal. © 2015 BBC Music Magazine

Remy Frank
Pizzicato, September 2015

Attractive program with Russian symphonic works by Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov, vividly played by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra under the baton of its founder and music director Choo Hoey. It’s not a first rate orchestra, but the musicians are undoubtedly committed to the music they have to play. © 2015 Pizzicato

Bruce Reader
The Classical Reviewer, August 2015

The Singapore Symphony Orchestra under their founding Music Director, Choo Hoey provide well-shaped performances. The recording…is brightly lit and detailed. © 2015 The Classical Reviewer Read complete review, August 2015

The symphony gets a sympathetic and well-balanced reading from the Singapore Symphony Orchestra under Choo Hoey… This is music of style and verve, nicely assembled by the composer and well-presented by the Singapore musicians. © 2015 Read complete review

Gary Lemco
Audiophile Audition, August 2015

…colorful scores by Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov, charming and effective, if not particularly colossal. © 2015 Audiophile Audition Read complete review

Steven A. Kennedy
Cinemusical, August 2015

The sound is a bit dry, but the richness lies in the music enough to compensate. Intonation in high string packages works very well. …balance overall…works quite well and the performances are confident and engaging. © 2015 Cinemusical Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, July 2015

Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov’s sin in life, as with many other forgotten composers, was to write in a style enjoyed by those who where popular in the previous generation. In his case it was as a facsimile of his mentor, Rimsky-Korsakov, his one remaining slender link with today’s popular concert repertoire being the highly attractive orchestral suite, Caucasian Sketches. So it was that by the time his First Symphony was completed in 1908, the musical world had moved on, and was on the brink of a musical revolution brought about by the Second Viennese School. Yet it was a perfectly sculptured score, with typical Russian melodies in its opening movement bringing a vivacity to contrast with the doleful introduction. The scherzo is a charming moto perpetuo as a Slav version of Mendelssohn; the slow movement typifies its title of Elegia, and a pro-active finale bustles along as if straight from the world of commedia dell’arte. Maybe in life he was more at ease in the world of the musical cameos we find in the Turkish Fragments, a suite of four pictures composed in 1930 as part of an Indian Summer in a long life. The Turkish March, more in the mode of a dance,brings a happy conclusion to the disc. When first issued on the Marco Polo label back in 1984, it acted as a showcase for the newly formed Singapore Symphony, having a particularly fine woodwind section, and warm-toned strings. Musically educated in the UK, Choo Hoey, their founding conductor, had enjoyed a hugely successful career in Europe. Mellow and detailed sound it is still very good by today’s standards. © 2015 David’s Review Corner

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