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Hi Fi Review (Hong Kong), December 2016

Crystal clear sound with layers… © 2016 Hi Fi Review (Hong Kong)

Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, July 2016

Perhaps the best thing about Jansons’s performance…is that he shaves close to nine minutes off of Chien’s 86-minute average. …Jansons keeps things moving and doesn’t let the proceedings get bogged down. There are other plusses to this performance as well, not least of which is a splendid choir in the Bavarian Radio Chorus, which sings with sincere-sounding, heartfelt sorrow and a sense of awe; a quartet of first-rate vocal soloists, …and an orchestra in the Bavarian Radio Symphony which, in my opinion, is today one of continental Europe’s best. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review

Stephen Francis Vasta
Opera News, June 2016

Mariss Jansons unfolds the score with dignity and restraint, gently but firmly shaping phrases and even textures to expressive purpose: note how skillfully he tapers the postlude of the “Quis est homo” quartet. He gives full measure to the music’s wide range of moods, …His chorus sings with a soft-edged attack and a nice blend, projecting both reverence and drama in “Virgo virginum praeclara.” The Bavarian Radio players inflect individual lines in the lighter textures with a lovely singing quality: the principal woodwinds and the cellos contribute particularly affecting moments. © 2016 Opera News Read complete review

John Quinn
MusicWeb International, May 2016

…the singing is sensitive and incisive and completely responsive to Dvořák’s dynamics. This is as good a choral contribution as I’ve heard in this work on disc. The orchestra lives up to its high reputation, offering playing that is a consistent delight. There’s finesse in abundance and, when required, no want of power.

…I find [Janson’s] conducting of the score completely persuasive. He judges the tempi with enormous understanding. Furthermore he knows just how much and when to ratchet up the intensity—the orchestral opening is a fine case in point—and his instinct for when to relax is just as sound. His is a masterly reading. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Paul L Althouse
American Record Guide, May 2016

Jansons captures the meditative mood beautifully, and the spirit of piety is maintained, even in louder passages. The Bavarian Radio Choir is very fine, particularly in the chromatic VII (‘Virgo virginum praeclara’). Soloists are also good, though I was most pleased with the tenor Elsner; …Highest credit, though, goes to Jansons for maintaining the devotional side of the piece so well, even though the tempos are pretty fast. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Paul E. Robinson
Musical Toronto, March 2016

At the age of 73, Jansons is one of the world’s leading conductors. Renowned for the clarity and precision of his performances, in this Stabat Mater he encompasses a vast range of emotion. This is beautiful and profound music-making that well deserves repeated hearings. © 2016 Musical Toronto Read complete review

Gary Lemco
Audiophile Audition, March 2016

This live performance maintains an air of piety and devotion requisite to its powerful musical occasion. © 2016 Audiophile Audition Read complete review

Malcolm Riley
Gramophone, March 2016

Under Jansons, the Bavarian Radio Chorus are in fine voice, crisp of enunciation and excellently balanced against the large orchestra. They are joined by a distinguished solo quartet. Erin Wall and Christian Elsner sing with a passionate intensity, alert to every nuance of this glorious score. Elsner is particularly lustrous in the Brahmsian ‘Fac me vere tecum flere’. …Liang Li has a hefty, resolute tone which contrasts well with the ethereal upper voices of the chorus. © 2016 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Midwest Tape, February 2016

The Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, conducted by Mariss Jansons, performs Dvorák’s deeply moving music authentically, in keeping with the composer’s intentions: sensitively felt, yet with a resonant, magnificent sound. © 2016 Midwest Tape

James Manheim, January 2016

There are many deep pleasures here. The orchestra’s choir is extraordinary: rich yet without a hint of wobble and utterly clear in its sense of the text. Jansons keeps things at a deliberate pace that lets the music breathe and the currents of personal experience rise to the surface. The soloists, none terribly well known, are fine in their individual numbers, but absolutely transcendent in ensembles… © 2016 Read complete review

Michael Cookson
MusicWeb International, December 2015

…the most successful voice is that of outstanding German tenor Christian Elsner. He gives a rock solid account—one of irrefutable reverence. A highlight is Elsner’s solo Fac, me vere tecum flere the epitome of vocal clarity, effortless delivery and sincere sacred expression. Canadian soprano Erin Wall in her tenor duet Fac, ut portem Christi mortem recovers convincingly from a little early wavering in the opening quartets. With her bright fluid tone she conveys a convincing sense of consolation. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review

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