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Robert Benson, January 2014

This is an attractive Copland collection containing the complete Rodeo, El Salón México and Cuban Dance, as well as the lesser-known Dance Panels which seldom appears on recordings. Audio is excellent…very clear with pleasant resonance… © 2014 Read complete review

Dan Morgan
MusicWeb International, November 2013

…Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony…make a great team, and this disc demonstrates just how far the orchestra have progressed under his tutelage. They sound supremely confident and at ease with themselves, and Rodeo shows them at their exuberant best. Ensemble is taut, the playing is full of character and the sonics are very good indeed.

As good as the vanilla 16-bit CD undoubtedly is, the extra ambience, weightier bass and great timbral sophistication of the high-res BD-A are just remarkable. Transients—especially in the more percussive episodes of Dance Panels—are crisp and clear without sounding bright or edgy. In short, one gets all the extra detail and excitement but without unwanted side-effects, and that’s just the way it should be.

Sonically this Naxos BD-A is a worthwhile improvement over the CD; it’s reasonably priced, too. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review

John Sunier
Audiophile Audition, October 2013

great performance, important works and superb hi-res surround fidelity, and at a lower price than many SACDs

Unusually, these works are not among those Slatkin has recorded before, but he does a bang-up job of them.

…it’s a winner any way you look at or listen to it. © Audiophile Audition Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, October 2013

Just when you think that Blu-ray audio cannot get any better, Naxos prove you wrong with another release of stunningly detailed and transparent sound quality. Last June I summed up this recording in its normal CD format with the recommendation to ‘dash out and buy it’, but if you have real high quality audio linked to a Blu-ray player, the resulting sound of this release will take you to a new level of reality. As to Leonard Slatkin’s performances with his Detroit Orchestra, I described his Rodeo as taking ‘my top spot of the many available’, the disc ending ‘with two of the composer’s ‘pop’ classics in which he ‘milks local colours and dance rhythms’, while at the same time he ‘never goes outside the limits of good taste’. But Blu-ray also enhances quiet music, Dance Panels so delicately etched in its added transparency. I can only reiterate, Blu-ray is the medium for the future for those who are willing to go into the realms of quality equipment. You would never regret it to hear sounds like this. © David’s Review Corner

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