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David Hurwitz
ClassicsToday.com, March 2018

…the performances are all expert and loving, with special kudos going to pianist Michael Korstick, clarinetist Dirk Altmann, and flutist Tatjana Ruhland. Most of these players are members of the SWR Symphony Orchestra in Stuttgart, and a fine group they are. This connoisseur’s project, appearing in tandem with the exceptional series of large orchestral works conducted by Heinz Holliger, represents the kind of venture that only organizations such as German radio could afford to produce. This they have done with singular pride and care, as the lavishly complete and expanded booklet notes prove. A true event. © 2018 ClassicsToday.com Read complete review



Stephen Greenbank
MusicWeb International, February 2018

At the start of my journey through this set, I was amazed by the variety of instrumentation Koechlin employs. The clarinet is the focus of the first CD, and Dirk Altmann’s expressive playing and warm, radiant tone are compelling.

The flute is centre stage on CD 2. Koechlin’s melodic gifts shine more on this disc than on the others.

The third disc begins with the Portrait de Daisy Hamilton for clarinet and piano mentioned above. The CD also includes works for oboe, bassoon and cor anglais. The opening movement of the Oboe Sonata has an attractive pastoral flavour. The Stèle funéraire for 3 Flutes, Op. 224, in which Peter Thalheimer executes the passages on flute, piccolo, and alto flute, is powerful.

We turn to the viola and cello on CD 4. The Vingt Chansons Bretonnes Op. 115, for cello and piano (1931–1932), are skilful arrangements of twenty Breton folksongs. Ingenuity and invention lie at the heart of these pieces, which exploit the cello’s technical arsenal to the full.

The Koechlin piano output is substantial and fills three CDs. The performer is the German pianist Michael Korstick. His performances are assured, accomplished and immaculately poised. He judges the ephemeral characters of the music with instinctive sensitivity, animated vitality and poetic sensibility. © 2018 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Stuart Sillitoe
MusicWeb International, December 2017

The performances throughout this set are excellent; whether in the chamber music or the works for solo piano each performer gives a more than committed performance, seeming to get to the heart of this music and of the composer, the result being an excellent set and an ideal way to get to know Charles Koechlin’s chamber music. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Records International, November 2017

The 150th anniversary of Charles Koechlin’s birth in November 2017 is marked by the reissue of all the Koechlin recordings made by the Sudwestrundfunk. … © 2017 Records International



Lynn René Bayley
The Art Music Lounge, October 2017

…this is an outstanding collection of Koechlin’s piano and chamber music—not complete, but comprehensive nonetheless. To my mind it makes all other Koechlin collections pretty much superfluous. © 2017 The Art Music Lounge Read complete review





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