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Gary Higginson
MusicWeb International, April 2017

It seems odd that it should be largely the Norwegian Radio Orchestra that are entrusted with this rarely encountered music, but Miguel Harth-Bedoya, who is himself Peruvian, is their chief conductor and clearly grasps the nuances of passion and excitement that the composer generates. The orchestras work enthusiastically for him. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Michael Wilkinson
MusicWeb International, March 2017

Performances are committed and insightful. Miguel Harth-Bedoya here is working with orchestras of which he is Chief or Principal Conductor, including the troubled Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Both orchestras are responsive.

The material is so enjoyable that it would be wonderful if Naxos—or someone—would record more. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Andrew Farach-Colton
Gramophone, March 2017

Miguel Harth-Bedoya leads us to the tender heart of Garrido-Lecca’s music. The Norwegian Radio Orchestra play with greater focus and rhythmic security than the Forth Worth Symphony but all of the performances provide ample pleasure, and the recorded sound is clear and aptly atmospheric. © 2017 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

David Hurwitz, February 2017

All of these works reveal an artist of genuine talent, gifted with a true craftsman’s eye (or in this case, ear) for sonority. The folk-influenced pieces show none of that facile, “let the tunes do my work for me” attitude that we find in so much similar music. Garrido-Lecca takes his material seriously, and treats it lovingly. The Lento slow movement of the Andean Folk Dances, for example, is exquisite, and each of the Peruvian Suite’s six tiny numbers—all last under two minutes—is a gem.

You probably couldn’t ask for a more persuasive interpreter than Miguel Harth-Bedoya, who leads both the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and the Forth Worth Symphony in wholly winning performances of all four pieces. This is the sort of release that makes you want to hear more; let’s hope that Naxos obliges. © 2017 Read complete review

Review Corner, February 2017

…all very approachable and easy to appreciate. © 2017 Review Corner Read complete review

Barry Forshaw
Classical CD Choice, February 2017

Colourful and appealing pieces are offered on this unusual disc; certainly, they are not (by any stretch) undiscovered masterpieces, but make a very beguiling programme. A native of Peru, Celso Garrido-Lecca is one of the foremost Ibero-American composers, integrating a unique blend of musical elements that include serialism, the native sounds of the Andes, and the influence of the ‘Nueva Canción Chilena’ movement. © 2017 Classical CD Choice

Bob McQuiston
Classical Lost and Found, January 2017

A couple of orchestras are featured here under Peruvian-born, American-trained Miguel Harth-Bedoya. The Chief Conductor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra (NRO), he leads them in rousing performances of Danzas…, Suite peruana and Laudes II. Also Music Director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (FWSO), Miguel gets an equally spirited account of Retablos sinfónicos from them. One couldn’t ask for more authoritative readings of these works. © 2017 Classical Lost and Found Read complete review

Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, January 2017

Peruvian Suite includes the title suite and three others, written between 1980 and 1994. The Forth Worth Symphony does the performance honors for one of the suites, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra for the rest, all under the capable hands of conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya. He and the orchestras provide colorful, energized readings that seem right for the scores. © 2017 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review

Rob Barnett
MusicWeb International, December 2016

The performances and recording quality are a supportive and enjoyable match for the music. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Robert Benson, December 2016

Spirited music all very well performed by the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and the Fort Worth Symphony (Retablos), directed by Miguel Harth-Bedoya. Excellent audio that vividly captures the unusual orchestral sounds. © 2016 Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, December 2016

Enjoying his ninetieth birthday this year, we have four world premier recordings of highly colourful orchestral works by the Peruvian composer, Celso Garrido-Lecca. Trained in both North and South America, he had already lived through his cutting-edge modernity period by the time he composed the four works on this disc, South American folk music having become a feature of all of his scores. This is immediately apparent in the five Andean Folk Dances, their mix of lilting melodies and rustic scenes being instantly likeable. Composed three years earlier in 1980, the Symphonic Tableaux also uses Peruvian folk melodies, but here in a rather more dramatic and modernistic setting, particularly so in the final Tondero. Staying within the same theme, the six cameos of the Peruvian Suite from 1986 veer towards twentieth century West European school of composition, with more than a whiff of the dying influences of the Second Viennese School. As such I guess it has a more commercial market than the previous scores. Finally in the 1994 Laudes ll (In Praise) he has totally moved into avant-garde Europe, the work being highly persuasive in this era and style. The linking factor is the Peruvian-born conductor, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, the chief conductor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and Music Director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. The American orchestra issued the performance of Symphonic Tableaux on their own label in 2012, the remainder coming from sessions in Oslo in 2015/16, all of very good quality. © 2016 David’s Review Corner

Records International, December 2016

A native of Peru, Celso Garrido-Lecca is one of the foremost Ibero-American composers, successfully integrating a unique blend of musical elements that include serialism, the native sounds of the Andes, and the influence of the “Nueva Cancion Chilena” movement. Impressions of folk music capture celebrations of life and moments of drama in the Suite peruana and Danzas populares andinas, while Laudes II expresses praise through Chinese philosophy. The award-winning Retablos sinfonicos combines popular roots in both vocal music and dance forms driven by a cajon (wooden box-drum). © 2016 Records International

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