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Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, October 2013

When three works work so well together that their inclusion on a single album gives one a kind of encapsulation of a style-period, then that CD is worthwhile for that very reason, if not others as well. That’s how I feel about the disk set Weill-Ibert-Berg

Each work is scored for chamber orchestra and soloists. Each is a gem of early modernism. Timothy Muffitt conducts the Baton Rouge Symphony Chamber Players for these performances. The soloists are John Gilbert on the violin, Dmitri Shteinberg on piano, and George Work on cello.

The performances are spirited and well paced…the grouping together of the three on one disk makes for a most satisfying listen. © 2013 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review

Lawrence D. Devoe, MD, June 2013

Timothy Muffitt, the veteran conductor of the Baton Rouge Symphony, takes his well-honed forces through these pieces with the precision that they require. The maestro and his wind band are joined by three expert soloists, violinist John Haspel Gilbert, cellist George Work, and pianist Dmitri Shteinberg. The ensemble work is first-rate, exemplified by the par inter pares relationships between each soloist and their fellow musicians.

…the present accounts are all well played and nicely capture the respective idioms of their composers. The Blu-ray Audio’s added sonic advantage…should make this a most attractive means of becoming acquainted with concertos that are not performed as frequently as I would like. Thanks to Sono Luminus for putting them together for the first time on a single disc that is so generously filled. © 2013 Read complete review

Donald Rosenberg
Gramophone, January 2013

…Kurt Weill’s Concerto for violin and wind orchestra and Jacques Ibert’s Concerto for cello and 10 wind instruments…are well worth hearing in their own right, as well as to place them in context in each composer’s canon.

The Weill bears traces of The Threepenny Opera…in the sardonic moods and lean textures. The violin does its temperamental thing with and against the winds, which are prominent characters in a three-act drama…Ibert’s piece sounds like so many of this composer’s scores, full of jaunty spirit and idyllic lyricism, with the cello as romantic figure conversing with chatty colleagues.

The masterpiece here…is the Berg, which sounds as impassioned, conflicted and intricately layered as ever. Nothing appears to cause anxiety for the Baton Rouge musicians, who dispatch the score’s rhythmic and expressive challenges with handsome aplomb. Violinist John Gilbert and pianist Dmitri Shteinberg are vibrant soloists and the winds perform with cohesive and precise assurance under conductor Timothy Muffitt.

Gilbert is the able soloist in the Weill and cellist George Work brings suave definition to the Ibert. Yet what seizes attention more than the solo lines are the wind parts, a testament to the colouristic skills of the composers and the players’ first-rate artistry. © 2013 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

John Sunier
Audiophile Audition, November 2012

This is the latest “Pure Audio” Blu-ray release from Sono Luminus, which combines this lossless surround disc which plays on any Blu-ray deck with a standard CD of the identical material, and both at a most reasonable price. Kudos to Sono Luminus for coming up with this excellent hi-res surround alternative, the packaging conforming to standard jewelbox design, and for commercially recording an American orchestra – even if it is just a chamber orchestra. The musicians are members of the Baton Rouge Symphony, and Muffitt is also conductor of the main Symphony. © 2012 Audiophile Audition Read complete review

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