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Donald R Vroon
American Record Guide, May 2014

The sound is very good, and so is the orchestra. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Albert Lam
MusicWeb International, March 2014

The recording is remarkably clear and natural sounding for its age, testimony to both the fine German engineering of the time as well as the splendid re-mastering job. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Phillip Scott
Fanfare, January 2014

…Barbirolli[’s]…approach to both works is solid.

Sound quality is fine, and the timing is more than generous. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review




Gary Lemco
Audiophile Audition, October 2013

The two Barbirolli staples included on this fine restoration derive from sessions in the Hans Rosbaud-Studio, Baden-Baden, appropriately named for the fine German conductor whose own enterprising spirit commanded many diverse musical styles.

The opening Haydn Symphony in G Minor…carries a girth and weight—in recognition of its opening storm and stress—other conductors would not necessarily apply to its often witty figures. The sonorities Barbarolli elicits from Rosbaud’s old ensemble resonate with a baroque affect. The Menuet plays into Barbirolli’s capable hands, given its shift of accent from the offbeat…The solo flute in the Trio section offers a moment of refined leisure.

Barbirolli’s affection for the Berlioz Fantastic Symphony enjoys fertile documentation, and here…he extends with loving sonorities his long association…with Berlioz’s reveries, passions, and nightmares. Attention to Berlioz’s interior lines, their vocally sinewy continuity, and their sudden metric shifts lights up this exuberantly broad reading. Chills and eroticism mark Un bal, whose beguiling waltz possesses a most liquid harp playing and a catch-in-the-breath phrasing…The last pages sound nothing less than torrential, Barbirolli and his splendid ensemble having yielded to the grand passions of the Romantic imagination. © 2013 Audiophile Audition Read complete review





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