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Lawrence Hansen
American Record Guide, May 2014

…the Tchaikovsky Fifth is fine—competently paced, balanced, well played.

The surprise here is Taras Bulba…Rozhdestvensky digs in and makes it as riveting, dramatic, and powerful as you’re likely to encounter in any concert hall.

The recorded sound in both pieces is excellent for 1980s vintage tapes made for FM broadcast… © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Steven Kruger
Fanfare, May 2014

It is hard to resist Tchaikovsky, when he is conducted as idiomatically as this. Rozhdestvensky’s interpretation is wonderfully warm, velvety, and affectionate in the strings, a touch on the weighty and steady side, rather like what one would have expected from Sanderling in his day…the orchestra plays flawlessly.

I was even more interested to see what Rozhdestvensky would do with the Janáček. Taras Bulba is in my opinion the composer’s most profound work, and one very difficult to carry off…Rozhdestvensky downplays the bombast…the piece has direction—and great beauty.

This CD is a fine tribute to Rozhdestvensky…So it is all to the good that the liner notes explore in some detail the conductor’s personal way of interacting with and rehearsing orchestras. It is worth reading. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review



Stephen Smoliar
Examiner.com, January 2014

These two compositions could not be more different in their respective rhetorical stances. However, each has its own approach to dealing with both grand sounds and intimate introspections; and Rozhdestvensky is equally in his element in giving each of the composers his respective due.

…there is no ignoring the value of having this major auditory document of how “they used to” give concert performances. © 2014 Examiner.com Read complete review





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