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Rob Cowan
Gramophone, June 2018

Bartók fare includes a dark-hued account of the whole of The Miraculous Mandarin ballet (2007) which captures the work’s innate sense of tragedy (and compassion) to perfection—drama rather than rhythmic drive, I’d say—as well as The Wooden Prince Suite (sounding quite Wagnerian), the Four Pieces, Op 12 (charged with atmosphere), Dance Suite. © 2018 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Remy Franck
Pizzicato, June 2017

Michael Gielen is a very particular conductor for both Bartók and Stravinsky. He is not so much focusing on elegance and drive, and he is more interested in colours and atmospheres and, generally, narrative and expressive performances. Besides, he always cares for transparency and a lot of orchestral freshness. © 2017 Pizzicato

Lynn René Bayley
The Art Music Lounge, May 2017

…fluidity of movement is a constant, and not a variable, in these amazing performances. Part of this, particularly in the recordings with the SWR Symphony of Baden-Baden and Freiburg—Gielen’s “personal” orchestra for several decades—where he had so sensitized the musicians that they could almost breathe along with him. Even so, it’s astounding to hear how well they play…

If you enjoy most of any of the music on this set, you absolutely cannot afford to pass it up. Gielen will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. © 2017 The Art Music Lounge Read complete review

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