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Phillip Scott
Fanfare, September 2016

The Altenburg-Gera Orchestra is one of several excellent regional German orchestras recording at the moment. It does not have the surface sheen of the Berlin or Vienna Philharmonics, but under Frank it plunges into these works with commitment and genuine enthusiasm. These musicians really “sell” this music. A big, open acoustic mirrors the orchestra’s rolled-up-sleeves approach. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review



James H. North
Fanfare, July 2016

Orchestral playing has advanced so far that today’s Altenburg-Gera Philharmonic may be the equal of Furtwängler’s orchestra. …this sounds like the Vienna Philharmonic on a good day, in a rich, colorful acoustic setting, Bühnen der Stadt Gera Concert Hall. Wow! © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review



Bruce Surtees
The WholeNote, April 2016

The Symphonic Variations on an Old French Nursery Song dates from 1909 and remained in the repertoire until 1933 when it was banned. It is a thoughtful, more serious work, beautifully orchestrated. © 2016 The WholeNote Read complete review



Bob McQuiston
Classical Lost and Found, February 2016

We have the Altenburg-Gera Philharmonic Orchestra under conductor Markus L. Frank to thank for this outstanding disc of discovery. Their technically accomplished playing, sensitive readings, as well as attention to rhythmic and dynamic elements make a strong case for these rarely heard pieces. © 2016 Classical Lost and Found Read complete review



John Quinn
MusicWeb International, January 2016

…the playing of the Philharmonisches Orchester Altenberg-Gera seems assured, skilful and committed. I find the performances under Markus L Frank convincing. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Barry Forshaw
Classical CD Choice, January 2016

Even his most devoted admirers would not complain that this is the most distinguished music by Walter Braunfels, but, it is worthy of attention. The composer was once applauded as a pioneering representative of New Music, but this programme is in classic-romantic style. His 7-movement phantasmagoria Don Juan incorporates variations on themes and motifs from Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni. © 2016 Classical CD Choice Read complete review




Andrew Clements
The Guardian, January 2016

…the vividness of the orchestral writing and tautness of the structure make a very attractive package. © 2016 The Guardian Read complete review





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