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Christopher Dingle
BBC Music Magazine, May 2012

That Naxos invests in its catalogue in major-label style is most apparent in the appearance of Thierry Lancino’s Requiem on CD and Blu-ray . Even in stereo, the Blu-ray version leaps out of the speakers with greater immediacy than CD. In surround, the experience is exhilarating when the chorus and sizeable orchestra are given full rein, but there is also the frisson that comes from hearing so many people singing and playing in a whisper. Moreover, this music is worth hearing. Lancino adds two characters, the biblical David and the Sibyl of Greek myth, amid the Requiem text. Such interspersing of texts brings to mind Britten, but his absorbing exploration of notions of mortality is also rooted in Honegger, Stravinsky and Penderecki, and bears repeated hearing in this compelling performance from Radio France ensembles under Eliahu Inbal. © 2012 BBC Music Magazine

Robert Benson, February 2012

LANCINO, T.: Requiem (Grant-Murphy, Gubisch, Skelton, Courjal, Radio France Choir, Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, Inbal) (Blu-Ray Audio) NBD0020
SCHUBERT, F.: Overtures (Complete) (Prague Sinfonia, C. Benda) (Blu-Ray Audio) NBD0019

The music is enchanting throughout and includes many works that will be unfamiliar to most listeners. Excellent performances indeed…

…Lancino’s Requiem offers much more opportunity for sonic display as it is scored for large orchestra and choruses along with four vocal soloists and heavy on percussion. The music is bold, challenging and dark, with many thrilling choral outbursts. Audio is superb… Naxos, please let us have more Blu Ray Audio disks of this quality! This recording also is available on a regular budget CD. © 2012 Read complete review

Steven Ritter
Audiophile Audition, January 2012

it has moments of great power and beauty, featuring ethereal and delicate moments to overpowering full choral passages of tremendous force. Lancino, who spent much of his life working in electronic music, displays a real talent for dramatic communication and even some lovely, albeit intense, melodic passages.

This is a Naxos Blu-ray audio-only disc, evidently the audiophile medium of choice for the company, and the results are sterling, the 5.1 lossless surround sound capturing the full force of all the performers in enviable clarity and detail. I think that even those allergic to modern music will find much to enjoy here, as the composer’s style is not irrevocably wedded to dissonance for dissonance’s sake, but only in the service of the dramatic element, with many more familiar tonal characteristics wedded as well. Definitely worth a hearing. © 2012 Audiophile Audition Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, December 2011

A revelation and proof that Blu-ray is the direction in which top quality recordings must go if we want a real improvement in our sound reproduction. The chorus engulf us, the percussion hit us so hard it almost hurts, and the clarity is startling. The work lends itself admirably to this wide dynamic range spectrum, the quiet moments of a beautifully limpid quality. I reviewed this recording last month in normal CD state, the work described by the composer as ‘both an epic fresco and sacred ceremony’. It is in the world of Penderecki and Stravinsky, a Catholic Mass turned into secular spectacular scored for the conventional quartet of soloists, large choir and extended orchestra, the timing somewhat similar to Verdi’s Requiem. An extremely challenging work to perform, not least on the French Radio Choir, while the soloists are outstanding. Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by Eliahu Inbal, and demonstrates an exceptional level of preparation.

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