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John Whitmore
MusicWeb International, July 2015

Performance standards are variable but the good news is that nothing is less than good and many of the extracts are up there with the best.

The recordings…are a good representation of the high technical bar set by this iconic label over the years. There can be no complaints about the sound quality some of which is of demonstration standard. The earlier items recorded by Lenard and his Slovak Radio Orchestra still sound very good. The Russian performances have great impact and presence and Mars and Sarka are superb by any standards. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Rob Maynard
MusicWeb International, June 2015

Given that such a mixture of artists is involved, the standard of execution demonstrated on these discs is pretty uniformly high. The battle on the ice from Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky…makes a strong impact, with an idiomatic contribution from the chorus and a huge sense of propulsive urgency from conductor Dmitry Yablonsky, while his colleague Ondrej Lenárd and his Slovak orchestra demonstrate an innate empathy with Liszt’s idiom, cimbalom and all, in that composer’s Hungarian battle march. Debussy’s elegiac Berceuse héroïque receives a performance full of atmosphere from the Orchestre National de Lyon under Jun Märkl, and the always impressive Antoni Wit leads a passionate and expertly played account of Šárka that made me want to hear the rest of his Má vlast cycle. While I’m at it, I’d also like to hear both Andrew Mogrelia’s complete take on Coppélia and Gerhard Markson’s on Ein Heldenleben. On the basis if the extracts here, I’d anticipate enjoying both enormously. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Lisa Flynn
WFMT (Chicago), May 2015

…colorful and gripping scores. © 2015 WFMT (Chicago) Read complete review





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