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Paul L Althouse
American Record Guide, July 2014

…this is a fine example of Svetlanov in unfamiliar territory. The sound is very good… © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Stephen Greenbank
MusicWeb International, March 2014

This Brahms 3 is gripping. Forceful and dramatic…Everything just sits right—phrasing, tempi and a superb handling of dynamics. With well-judged rubato and a sensitive handling of transitions, this all adds up to a compelling reading. I must single out Jack Brymer’s contribution in the clarinet solo of the second movement—the exquisite way he moulds the phrases, brings ardent tenderness to the score.

The third movement opens with one of my favourite melodies. Svetlanov judges the mood just right, aptly gauging the melancholic and autumnal feel of Brahms’ music in a captivating manner. Then comes the fourth movement. Here suspense is generated before the eruption of a dramatic and volatile finale. All in all, a truly memorable performance.

In Debussy’s La Mer, Svetlanov deftly colours the score with myriad shadings and tones. It’s a nicely paced performance. I love the way he points up the woodwind phrases. Svetlanov achieves ideal orchestral balance in Dialogue du vent et de la mer. The brass section’s contribution is second to none. In the big tune there is ardent, heartfelt lyricism.

A bonus track of the second movement of Chausson’s Poème de l’amour et de la mer - La Mort de l’amour - Le Temps des lilas featuring Janet Baker, is a welcome addition. Dame Janet is in fine voice, and was at her peak around this time. Sensitively accompanied by Svetlanov it provides a tempting taster for the full thing.

Sound quality throughout is excellent…

I commend ICA Classics for making these, and many other historical live recordings available, preserving them for posterity. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review




Gary Lemco
Audiophile Audition, January 2014

Always robust and vigorous in his realizations, Svetlanov addresses the 1883 F Major Symphony with his patented gusto and attention to color details. Even without having taken the repeat in the opening Allegro con brio, Svetlanov generates both gripping energy and luxurious girth in his broad tempos and relaxed expressivity in the development section. With principals Jack Brymer on clarinet and Barry Tuckwell on French horn, we find their respective entries lyrical and rounded, confident and sonorous.

Svetlanov felt an affinity for Debussy’s 1905 La Mer…The performance Svetlanov renders here does not move so quickly…but it possesses broad power and deft clarity of line. Tension and exotic colors waft their way through the Dawn to Midday, the trumpet work of Howard Snell bright and elastic. The sensuous wash of the seascape music quite overpowers us, the effect almost as olfactory as it is aurally convincing. © 2014 Audiophile Audition Read complete review





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