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Mark Novak
Fanfare, May 2017

Chichon seems especially adept at investing the slower music with emotional depth and feeling. I love his way with the adagio molto of the second movement of the Third Symphony—he allows all the inner voices to be heard in the orchestral texture, creating a beautiful tapestry of sound. It is also in this movement where Dvořák’s momentary infatuation with Wagner takes its strongest root, and Chichon seems to exploit that to good effect. The rising theme in the brass sounds Teutonic and noble. In the allegro vivace finale, Chichon generates sufficient excitement that never gets out of hand. The climaxes remain controlled and contained. I was hoping for them to let loose a bit more, but it never quite happens.

The Fourth Symphony receives the same treatment. It’s a solid performance that brings out many of Dvořák’s felicities, especially in the slow second movement where the long-lined theme is gorgeously rendered. © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review



Steven Kruger
Fanfare, March 2017

…Chichon keeps things moving supply and naturally, breaking into dance as needed. He’s received good but slightly boxy “radio orchestra” sound from the engineers. It could almost be “Eastern European,” but in an odd way this seems to contribute to a sense of authenticity. © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review



Nick Barnard
MusicWeb International, January 2017

DVORÁK, A: Symphonies (Complete), Vol. 2 (Saarbrücken German Radio Philharmonic, Chichon) - Symphony No. 5 / In Nature’s Realm CD93.344
DVORÁK, A: Symphonies (Complete), Vol. 3 (Saarbrücken German Radio Philharmonic, Chichon) - Symphonies Nos. 3, 4 SWR19009CD

The excellent playing of his Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, allied to the sophisticated and satisfying engineering of these discs, makes for a thoroughly enjoyable experience. A top rated pair of discs—further volumes in this series are eagerly awaited. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review




Uwe Krusch
Pizzicato, December 2016

This recording of two early Dvorak Symphonies gives the lie to those claiming that the composer’s music is too heavily orchestrated. Chichon’s conducting cares for nuances and a clear and slender sound. The result is highly convincing. © 2016 Pizzicato



Barry Forshaw
Classical CD Choice, December 2016

While the later symphonies of Dvorak has been well served on disc, the earlier works, notably the third and fourth, have had considerably less representation—so it is encouraging to be able to welcome this sensitively played set, which offers readings of the third and fourth Symphony which are often reminiscent of such great interpreters of the composer as István Kertész. While the recording does not have a range of SACD readings, it is more than acceptable in catching the orchestral nuances of this very attractive set. © 2016 Classical CD Choice





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