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Jonathan Woolf
MusicWeb International, August 2017

…all music is played by three orchestras—those of the SWR SO Baden-Baden and Freiburg, the Saarbrücken Radio Symphony and the SWR Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra. Most of the works are making first ever appearances or first appearances on CD and the breadth of repertory makes this an insightfully chosen selection that will make a direct appeal to Gielen’s admirers. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review




Rob Cowan
Gramophone, May 2017

Michael Gielen is the sort of conductor whose recordings provide a slow burn: not for instant gratification, but a mass of interpretative subtleties that emerge more clearly with each successive encounter, the sort of privilege that only recordings can afford. An absolute winner. © 2017 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Bruce Surtees
The WholeNote, March 2017

All of the performances here are of interest and most works hold your attention through to the last bar, particularly to those familiar with the music from other recordings. None are outrageously different. The subtle variations from the usual, both in phrasing and tempi, are most convincing and do not sound affected. © 2017 The WholeNote Read complete review



Robert Benson
ClassicalCDReview.com, March 2017

German conductor Michael Gielen (b. 1927) is one of the most respected masters of the baton. He held a number of important European positions both in the concert hall and opera house. Since 1969, he has been closely associated with the Southwest German Radio Symphony. He also performed often with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony. …To honor this legendary conductor, SWR and Hänssler have released many of his live performances, and here we have Volume IV in the SWR series. © 2017 ClassicalCDReview.com Read complete review




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, February 2017

This highly varied program shows how versatile a conductor Michael Gielen was. Most of the recordings of this box present really inspired and exciting performances. © 2017 Pizzicato





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