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David Gutman
Gramophone, September 2016

The handsomely presented release from Basel is the third in a series in which the great Russian ballets are presented in tandem with the piano arrangements in which versatile maestro Dennis Russell Davies is joined by his wife, Maki Namekawa. …Painstaking percussive detail, tuned and untuned, is exceptionally audible in the similarly aligned orchestral version placed first on the disc. © 2016 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Blair Sanderson, August 2016

The Basel musicians play with great attention to details, dynamics, and instrumental color, and Davies paces the work with a steady hand to ensure that nothing is lost or hurried past. …Davies and his wife Maki Namekawa play with incisive attacks, subtle nuances, and clean textures, and all the polyrhythms and inner lines are fully articulated, though at times the duo’s precision can seem a little cautious. Even so, there’s no trade-off of excitement for meticulous playing, because Davies and Namekawa are passionately involved with the music, and they convey the work’s boisterousness and magic without missing a beat. Highly recommended. © 2016 Read complete review

Michael Cookson
MusicWeb International, July 2016

STRAVINSKY, I.: Sacre du printemps (Le) (version for orchestra / version for piano 4 hands) (Basel Symphony, D.R. Davies, Maki Namekawa) SOB06
STRAVINSKY, I: Firebird (original orchestral version and arr. for 2 pianos) (Basel Symphony, D.R. Davies, Maki Namekawa) SOB10
STRAVINSKY, I.: Petrushka (version for orchestra / version for piano 4 hands) (Basel Symphony, D.R. Davies, Maki Namekawa) SOB11

Playing Stravinsky’s three Russian ballets in the versions for piano four hands, Davies and Maki Namekawa demonstrate real empathy with the composer’s colourfully rhythmic sound world. Throughout, the duo bring out ample freshness with playing that is crisp and well focused with only occasional strains on overall unity. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Remy Franck
Pizzicato, July 2016

Marvellously characterized performance of Petrouchka, full of typical colours and genuine atmosphere. The recording of the orchestral version has a full ambience which enhances the excellent playing of the orchestra and especially the various soloists. © 2016 Pizzicato

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