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David Hurwitz
ClassicsToday.com, May 2016

Ginastera’s expressionist operas Bomarzo and Don Rodrigo are thrilling works, and we badly need modern recordings of both. The idiom is difficult, but the textures are consistently fascinating, and what makes Ginastera’s atonal music so captivating is, first, the tangible passion that informs the lyrical episodes, and second, the composer’s exciting handling of rhythm.

…the performances are good ones…the instrumental soloists of the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz distinguish themselves in music which could not have been familiar to them. The sonics are excellent too. © 2016 ClassicsToday.com Read complete review



Stephen Wright
American Record Guide, May 2016

…the series is a triumph in every way: music, performance, and sound. This is a great introduction to Ginastera’s orchestral music… © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Phillip Scott
Fanfare, May 2016

…Steffens’s performances are dynamic and the orchestra produces a rich, full sound. The Ludwigshafen Philharmonie seems to have a somewhat reverberant acoustic…

…well worth hearing, especially the beautifully played Variaciones Concertantes. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review




Steven A. Kennedy
Cinemusical, February 2016

…the performances here are solid with superb demonstrations of the ensembles precision and virtuosic ability. …Steffens provides committed performances here from his orchestra and the well-chosen program gives us a glimpse into the distinctive periods of Ginastera’s life in this continuing series of releases. © 2016 Cinemusical Read complete review



Midwest Tape, January 2016

Anchored by the engaged work of the Deutsche Staatsphilarmonie Rheinland conducted by Karl-Heinz Steffens, this release is a marvelous retrospective of Ginastera’s development beginning with his folkloric work through his final ‘New-expressionist’ period. © 2015 Midwest Tape




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, December 2015

With Ginastera’s centenary approaching, this is a good and varied introduction to his work which has more to offer than the exotic nationalistic tunes he has composed. Good performances and a good sound recording make this production valuable. © 2015 Pizzicato




Andrew Clements
The Guardian, November 2015

The stage work was the centrepiece of [Ginastera’s] neo-expressionist period, an opera on the grandest, most ambitious scale which uses serialism, microtones, tone clusters and aleatoric passages to conjure up a world of murderous revenge in 16th-century Italy. © 2015 The Guardian Read complete review





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