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Lawrence Hansen
American Record Guide, March 2013

…this vivid, dramatic performance is new to me—and a very welcome discovery it is, too…this performance is ample evidence of why British music lovers remember it fondly.

ICA continues to do valuable service to collectors by bringing out material from the BBC archives that actually has musical merit and deserves wide dissemination. It is especially valuable to enjoy the fruits of collaborations like Rozhdestvensky and his BBC ensemble that might otherwise be relegated to the reminiscences of music bloggers. © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

John Quinn
MusicWeb International, January 2013

…[Das klagende Lied] may not be vintage Mahler but in this score the young composer is visibly flexing his compositional muscles. He handles the large orchestra with assurance, scoring the work very colourfully and pictorially…Furthermore, it’s fascinating to hear pre-echoes of music yet to be written; little phrases and details of orchestration that were worked in to later scores tease the ear from time to time.

Certainly [Rozhdestvensky] makes a most effective job of conducting Das klagende Lied. He’s ably supported by a good team of soloists. Teresa Cahill certainly has the range, dramatic flair and vocal heft that the soprano part demands…The outstanding soloists are Dame Janet Baker and Robert Tear.

Both the chorus and the orchestra respond keenly to Rozhdestvensky’s direction, giving him colourful, dramatic and often powerful singing and playing. Rozhdestvensky’s conducting is full of energy and dramatic thrust. He knows this is a melodramatic tale so there’s no point in underplaying things. This is an exciting and communicative performance.

The Fiddler’s Child…may not be a major Janáček score but it’s by no means negligible and this is an enjoyable performance. The score contains a prominent solo violin part and it’s good to be reminded of the artistry of Bela Dekany…

The recorded sound for both performances is very good.

…purchasers of this disc will acquire two excellent, well-recorded performances of interesting repertoire… © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review

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