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Brian Wilson
MusicWeb International, March 2017

With recording in Naxos’s best tradition, this is a thoroughly enjoyable release, not just a mere curiosity but a real discovery persuasively presented. I look forward to hearing more from all concerned. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Remy Franck
Pizzicato, March 2017

This is one very descriptive musical picture and at the same time an emotional homage to the victims of the Turkish Army’s 57th regiment during the devastating Gallipoli battle in WWI. The Bilkent Symphony Orchestra is absolutely committed in its playing. © 2017 Pizzicato

David Denton
David's Review Corner, March 2017

Born in 1969, Can Atilla is described as one of Turkey’s leading composers, having contributed much music to the worlds of electronic, theatre, television and films. More recently he has turned his attention to the world of ‘classical’ music, this, his Second Symphony being his contribution to the nation’s memory of the Fifty-seventh Regiment that was annihilated one hundred years previous during the First World War, and those who died with them at the dreadful Battle of Gallipoli. Written in a readily approachable style from the Late Romantic Period, the four movements firstly give a picture of war and heroism; the second expresses, in quiet grief. the domestic tragedy for the families of those who were killed; the third is a Marche funebre, while the finale vocally expresses the many and mixed emotions of war. The first two movements and finale call for a solo cello whose poignant sounds are used to picture various people and events that took place, the role taken by the outstanding Turkish cellist, Onur Senier. We first hear the American coloratura soprano, Angela Ahiskal, singing in the third movement those words of compassion expressed at the time to the mothers of sons who had been killed. She then soars on high with the words of the Anzac poet, John Le Gay Brereton, in the final movement. The Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Burak Tüzün, has been given benchmark status by having recorded the work in the presence of the composer. © 2017 David’s Review Corner

Barry Forshaw
Classical CD Choice, February 2017

Another enterprising issue from Naxos, although this listener was not seduced by the straightforward and workmanlike music of the Turkish composer Can Attila, one of the leading Turkish composers of his generation. Success in film and television music has been accompanied by comparable achievement in the orchestral repertory. The Gallipoli campaigns in the First World War have always held particular significance for Atilla, and Symphony No. 2 ‘Gallipoli’ – The 57th Regiment is a war symphony, composed for the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the battle. This powerful elegy, in which the first two movements have an important role for solo cello, commemorates the tragic Turkish 57th Regiment and is also dedicated to the Anzac soldiers who perished in the battle. © 2017 Classical CD Choice

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