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Lynn René Bayley
The Art Music Lounge, January 2018

To say that the conductor gives his all would be an understatement. This is a performance of Toscanini-Rodziński-Carlos Kleiber-like intensity, never hard-driven but consistently moving nonetheless. …The orchestra has that uniquely Slavic sound with biting brass, edgy strings and acerbic winds that one heard consistently from the Czech Philharmonic during its glory years under both Talich and Ančerl.

And what music it is! Late Romantic, yes, but utterly bursting with ideas, constantly moving and shifting themes and sub-themes, using chromatic harmonic movement.

…the Südwestfunk Orchester Baden-Baden responds with crisp, dynamic, spot-on playing, reveling in the music’s wry wit and grotesqueries. Krečki uses quite a bit of swirling string passages and biting, punching brass accents, all of which come through with incredible clarity. All in all, a splendid disc. © 2018 The Art Music Lounge Read complete review

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