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James H. North
Fanfare, November 2012

Here’s a new way to get around the permitted five Want List selections: The latest Concertgebouw anthology ( Fanfare 36:1) contains at least four Want List performances: Riccardo Chailly’s Frank Martin (Concerto for Seven Wind Instruments), Charles Dutoit’s Messiaen ( Trois petites Liturgies de la Présence Divine ), Ann Murray’s Les Nuits d’été, and the finest Mozart 40th I’ve ever known, led by Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Wim Henderickx is a Flemish composer; his Tejas (36:1) is a stunning, 37-minute, 21st-century orchestral work that earns its place between Haydn and Henze on my shelves. Hyperion’s disc of little-known Cherubini music (35:6) is a revelation, suggesting what Beethoven so admired in his contemporary. It’s been a great year for cello concertos, five of them on these two discs © 2012 Fanfare

Barry Forshaw
Classical CD Choice, February 2012

What a wonderful disc! You may possess individual recordings of these winning pieces, but as assembled here, they make an immensely cherishable collection. Needless to say, all three concertos do not benefit from being listened to in succession (as a certain aural fatigue with the dark sound of the cello would make itself evident). But individually these are matchless readings. © 2012 Classical CD Choice

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