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Marc Bridle
MusicWeb International, November 2018

…His new recording of the Fifth was the finest I have heard of this symphony for some years. When this conductor isn’t setting records for the longest Bruckner performances—which he certainly doesn’t for this Fifth—he shows a gift for clarity, ravishing observation of detail and a command of structure which is very impressive. A bonus is the first rate playing of the Altomonte Orchester and the superb acoustic of the Stiftsbasilika in St Florian. © 2018 MusicWeb International Read complete review, June 2018

Ballot has the work envelop listeners, to such an extent that only when the audience breaks into applause at the end is it clear that this is a recording of a live performance—everything has been whisper-quiet throughout, and that quietude, physical and emotional and psychological, is exactly what Ballot requires for full appreciation of his interpretation. © 2018 Read complete review

Marc Bridle
MusicWeb International, May 2018

Ballot certainly takes a good deal longer over the Scherzo than most conductors, though one of the advantages of taking this music more slowly than normal is that the distinctive character of the music’s two major tempos is more clearly defined. Ballot is by no means slow at the beginning—it is energetic without being hard-driven: crotchets are surprisingly fleet, especially when contrasted with the ostinato bass line.

…Ballot and the Altomonte Orchester are simply stunning—unison horns and trombones, tremolo strings at fff, and a surging tidal wave of timpani bring the symphony to its close. © 2018 MusicWeb International

Remy Franck
Pizzicato, April 2018

Perfectly adapting to the special acoustics of the Basilica St. Florian, Rémy Ballot chooses rather slow tempi for his Fifth Bruckner, allowing the crescendi to develop in the most natural way. On the other hand, the performance does not fail to show the fantastic character of the work. © 2018 Pizzicato

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