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Tony Way
Limelight, June 2019

No bats in this belfry—Jansons rings Rach’s bells with style.

Tenor Oleg Dolgov brings a passionate lyricism to the first movement while soprano Tatiana Pavlovskaya effectively summons up the sensuality of the ensuing movement and baritone Alexey Markov is aptly solemn in the finale. The chorus is impressively hefty when required and the orchestra wonderfully multi-hued.

The energy and commitment of all concerned continues right to the crashing finish of the finale. © 2019 Limelight Read complete review



John Quinn
MusicWeb International, August 2018

I think the performance of Symphonic Dances is the one in which the close recorded sound may be more of an issue. I don’t think I’ve ever heard those string chords and the percussion that one encounters a few seconds after the start sound quite so dark and weighty as they do here and I’m inclined to think that this isn’t just due to the work of the engineers; I think it’s also an interpretative decision by Jansons that the music should be as pronounced as it is. In one way it’s very impressive—the BRSO’s tonal strength is amazing—and it certainly gets the listener’s attention. © 2018 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, July 2018

Brilliant conducting from Jansons, stupendous playing and singing from the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and vocal soloists, and an astonishingly revealing recording add up to an urgent recommendation and a potential Want List candidate. © 2018 Fanfare Read complete review



Gramophone, July 2018

One of the world’s finest ensembles, the Bavarian RSO—founded in 1949—has been in the excellent care of Mariss Jansons since 2003. He’s one of the great orchestra trainers and the standard of playing he and the orchestra’s guests conductors draw from this Munich-based group is mighty impressive. © 2018 Gramophone  Read complete review on Gramophone



Paul E. Robinson
Ludwig Van Toronto, May 2018

The Bavarian Radio Chorus ranks among the finest choral ensembles and under Mariss Janson’s inspired direction it is precise and powerful.

Jansons has recorded the Symphonic Dances three times…and this latest version might well be the best. Fiery when it needs to be, Jansons is now more willing to take the time to smell the roses, taking extraordinary care over the intricate wind writing and working wonders with the string phrasing in the first movement. In the quieter second section, after the lovely alto saxophone melody is introduced, the strings offer their version of it, and it couldn’t be more beautiful. I also like the way Jansons brings out the important piano part, often barely audible in other performances. © 2018 Ludwig van Toronto Read complete review



Huntley Dent
Fanfare, May 2018

I’d love to report that Jansons has overcome all obstacles, but he comes very close, and what is good is very good. The conducting rises to the level of passion and involvement demanded by a masterpiece. The Bavarian Radio Symphony, recorded in splendid sound, could hardly be more seductively beautiful.

Of the three vocal soloists, two on the present recording are outstanding: tenor Oleg Dolgov, an experienced Bolshoi singer with a melting tone, and baritone Alexey Markov from the Mariinsky Opera, who debuted as Andrei Bolkonsky in the Met’s lavish production of Prokofiev’s War and Peace. Markov has a strong, distinctive voice with metal in it, and as an interpreter he falls just shy of the great Sergei Leiferkus. © 2018 Fanfare Read complete review



Michael Cookson
MusicWeb International, March 2018

For its latest release on BR Klassik the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunk under its chief conductor Mariss Jansons has turned its attention to Rachmaninov with two masterworks that Rachmaninov himself regarded as his finest compositions: the choral symphony The Bells and the Symphonic Dances, his last completed orchestral score.

Jansons has recorded both works at live concerts in the renowned acoustic of Herkulessaal, Munich, which the sound engineers have utilised to stunning effect… © 2018 MusicWeb International Read complete review




Geoffrey Norris
Gramophone, March 2018

Jansons has already recorded the Symphonic Dances with the St Petersburg Philharmonic and with the Royal Concertgebouw and, exceptional though those discs are, this latest performance with the BRSO, recorded live in January last year, is even more finely honed, more lithe in its muscle and graced throughout with Jansons’s trademark lucidity and luminosity. The orchestral timbre pits freshness and crispness against mellow warmth, mixing the two in an amalgam that ideally suits the music’s rhythmic bite and echoes of nostalgia. The joy of discs in general is that you can own more than one… But this new Jansons coupling, lustrously recorded, is of such outstanding quality that it is in a class of its own. © 2018 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Film Music: The Neglected Art, February 2018

…this is one of my favorite orchestral works that I have several of in my collection. The advantage of this recording is the coupling with “The Bells” 74 minutes of material by a seasoned conductor on nicely recorded CD. © 2018 Film Music: The Neglected Art Read complete review




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, December 2017

…[Mariss Jansons’s] Symphonic Dances are brilliant and truly exciting. © 2017 Pizzicato





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