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John Quinn
MusicWeb International, February 2015

This fine performance makes the best possible case for Glière’s score. The excitement, ardour, colour and poetry of the score all come across most convincingly. The score must be extremely taxing to play yet the Buffalo Philharmonic respond marvellously and appear to relish the opportunities afforded by Glière’s colourful orchestration. The sound is very fine indeed—the sheer scale of the work and the great contrasts it contains must have tested the expertise of engineer Tim Handley but he’s done a great job. …the BD-A sound is most impressive. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Peter J. Rabinowitz
Fanfare, January 2015

This is simultaneously the most intellectually illuminating and the most emotionally wrenching recording of this score ever made. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Robert Cummings
Classical Net, December 2014

This effort by Falletta imparts a sense of urgency in the long outer movements, where the playing by the Buffalo Philharmonic is…very committed and accurate: there is a crispness, edge and energy to their style here, helping to dispel, or at least diminish, the common view this is a bloated, overly elaborate late-Romantic cult piece. The inner movements also come across very convincing, especially the 20-minute second movement, which also needs—and gets—a boost of energy…Falletta conveys a sense of mystery and struggle throughout this movement with her imaginative phrasing and by coaxing top-notch performances from her players. The sound reproduction on this Blu-ray audio disc is superb, utterly sumptuous. An exceptional disc! © 2014 Classical Net Read complete review



Barry Forshaw
Classical CD Choice, October 2014

[This] epic symphony is given a truly exhilarating reading by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under JoAnn Falletta. The piece is, of course, the calling card for the composer, and has enjoyed a variety of readings (of different merit) over the years; this is undoubtedly one that balances the more dramatic, brass-heavy sections of the music with its subtler, more poetic moments and may make people hungry for more Gliere from this particular combination of artists. © 2014 Classical CD Choice Read complete review



Graham Williams
SA-CD.net, September 2014

Performance: Sonics:

Composed in 1911 on an epic scale and scored for huge orchestral forces…[Glière’s Third Symphony] represents immense challenges for conductors, orchestras and especially recording engineers; challenges that are met with great success on this Naxos Blu-ray Audio recording by JoAnn Falletta and her marvellous Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

It is safe to say that those with a taste for epic late-romantic scores will be more than happy with this committed new account. © 2014 SA-CD.net Read complete review




John Sunier
Audiophile Audition, September 2014

May be the best available version of this colorful widescreen late romantic epic, certainly sonically. © 2014 Audiophile Audition Read complete review



Dan Morgan
MusicWeb International, September 2014

…Falletta’s account…has a…[strong] narrative—there’s a distinct dramatic arch here—and she is by far the more painterly throughout.

Musically and technically first rate; a performance that really does stand out from the herd. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Don O’Connor
American Record Guide, September 2014

…the energy, enthusiasm, and grandeur of Falletta’s reading are graphic evidence of her love of this music. …her control over the work’s proportions is so sure that nothing sounds rushed or skimped. From the bravado of I, through the exotic lushness of the forest music in II to the ghostly tread introducing IV, she doesn’t miss a detail or nuance. The Buffalo orchestra valiantly responds to her leadership all the way. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide





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