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Remy Franck
Pizzicato, November 2015

Full of refinement, Nelson’s Second Brahms Serenade is certainly one of the best ever recorded. The Alto Rhapsody is similarly gripping and deeply moving, while the Second Symphony is lovely shaped in a very pastoral manner. © 2015 Pizzicato



Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, November 2015

…The orchestra’s playing is poised and smooth, perhaps even smoothed out by tempos that feel a bit laid back and phrasing and dynamics that round the edges off of interval leaps and forte climaxes.

This Alto Rhapsody…appears to be Mingardo’s first stab at Brahms, and it’s generally quite good. She has the deep chest register of a true contralto, which gives her the ability to reach the low notes with firm support without sounding breathy. Luckily, she also has the lung capacity to sustain her line at the deliberate tempos… © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Huntley Dent
Fanfare, November 2015

…the sonics…are detailed enough that we can relish the world-class woodwind soloists of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. …Andris Nelsons is still a conductor in the making, but at his best he shows the enormous potential that has orchestra managers panting to hire him. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Robert Benson
ClassicalCDReview.com, May 2015

What a pleasure it is to watch Nelsons on the podium urging plays on in most pleasant infectious way. Excellent video and audio are another plus. This is supreme music-making. © 2015 ClassicalCDReview.com Read complete review




Geoffrey Norris
Daily Telegraph (UK), May 2015

…the level of concentrated artistry here is phenomenal. © 2015 Daily Telegraph (UK) Read complete review





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