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Huntley Dent
Fanfare, January 2016

Throughout the program Strusińska is a sympathetic, naturally musical conductor. The Polish Beethoven Academy Orchestra is a skilled youth orchestra comprised…of promising students and recent graduates. …this one is a reminder of simpler joys and the native flavor of Chopin’s inspiration when an international superstar isn’t trying to shoot off Roman candles from the keyboard. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review

Colin Clarke
Fanfare, January 2016

This is a fascinating disc. Its strength is really its programming, a Polish mix of the familiar with the less-so. The Beethoven Academy Orchestra is billed as “Poland’s youngest professional symphony orchestra,” and that youth here translates into a palpable freshness of approach coupled with a near-palpable spirit of discovery. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review

Stephen Wright
American Record Guide, January 2016

Pianist Labazevitch injects more fire into the two concerted works, rushing the tempos in some passagework to build excitement; orchestra and conductor gamely, calmly follow his lead. …[He] is excellent, …and the orchestra is refined and perfectly balanced with the piano—no spotlighting.

Beautiful, honest sound, and gorgeous piano. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Christie Grimstad, October 2015

The take on Chopin’s Piano Concerto No° 2 in F minor by Ewa Strusinka is generally well balanced and nuanced with the right amount of speed at the appropriate moments. …Martin Labazevitch’s dexterity is rapturous especially as he delves into the fabulous Larghetto with buttery fondness.

Chopin’s ability to delight and dazzle inside this composition is heightened by Martin Labazevitch’s confidence and charisma. © 2015 Read complete review

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