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Dan Morgan
MusicWeb International, June 2012

The concert gets off to a very promising start with a lithe, elegant and delightfully propulsive account of Berlioz’s Le corsaire, the music-making every bit as dapper as our smiling, well-groomed maestro.

The Russian horns are characteristically plaintive and overall sonorities are pleasing.

The first movement peaks most dramatically, the timps and tam-tam adding terrific slam to the proceedings. No limp-wristed aesthetes here, the Vivace nimble and beautifully pointed, the gurgling woodwinds and bird calls superbly caught. As a breed Prommers are hard to please, but the excited buzz after this movement suggests that ‘Manfred’ is working its magic. The Andante con moto is a model of eloquence and feeling, the strings especially silken. Temirkanov shapes it all so naturally, and already there’s a palpable sense of approaching apotheosis, that deep Tchaikovskian swell building below the surface.

As for the orchestra…they play with rare warmth and spontaneity…The rapt concentration among the string players is both audible and visible, and the final pages…are very impressive indeed. The delectable, harp-infused Pas de deux from Act II of The Nutcracker gets the big-band treatment, Elgar’s Nimrod an unexpected but impassioned follow-up.

Another splendid DVD from ICA, technically excellent and with good liner-notes…this is a fine tribute to the BBC…

An indispensable record of a memorable night. © 2012 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Bruce Surtees
The WholeNote, May 2012

Following the drama of the first movement, the two middle movements depicting romantic ideals and aspirations are played without bathos but with passion and often lace-like delicacy. What makes this performance unique is the re-introduction of the entire first movement coda to bring the work to an over-the-top conclusion reflecting absolute despair rather than Manfred’s redemption and consolation in Tchaikovsky’s original. The program includes Berlioz’ Corsair Overture and several, worth the price of admission, encores including a Mravinsky specialty, the pas de deux from the second act of The Nutcracker. Also an inspired “Nimrod” from Elgar’s Enigma Variations and finally the “Death of Tybalt” from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. Wide open sound and faultless video makes this stunning DVD a must-have. © 2012 The WholeNote Read complete review

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