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David Hurwitz
ClassicsToday.com, June 2020

You won’t find a more imaginative collection, repertoire-wise, from anyone, anywhere.… This is a wonderful tribute to a great conductor, chock full of terrific performances of a vast range of music both familiar and rare. © 2020 ClassicsToday.com Read complete review



Stephen Greenbank
MusicWeb International, October 2018

The Reger piano Concerto is played by the late, lamented South African pianist Steven de Groote, a studio recording from 1987, set down two years before his untimely death at the age of thirty-six. Harmonically dense and complex, Gielen teases out some colourful orchestral detail, freeing up the sound so it doesn’t become too congested. De Groote takes us on a thrilling journey, with dazzling pianism and a purposeful sense of direction. There are also some glowing poetic moments.

There’s much to enjoy in this attractively compiled set, and it will have special resonance for Michael Gielen enthusiasts. A mixture of live and studio recordings, all are well-recorded and I didn’t detect any balance issues. © 2018 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Rob Cowan
Gramophone, September 2018

Gielen focuses the maverick spirit of Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass (the imagined cathedral dome seeming more of a night sky than a temple) and Taras Bulba (especially the grand summation of ‘The Prophecy and Death of Taras Bulba’). Both recordings date from the 1980s. His Ravel is high in drama, the complete Daphnis et Chloë (disc 7) especially memorable… © 2018 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Lynn René Bayley
The Art Music Lounge, March 2018

Interestingly, Gielen increases the pace for the flute melody over soft strings in the ensuing section, later slowing down a bit for the grimmer music that follows. Indeed, the phrasing is exceptionally broad in the last several minutes of the piece…

Taken all together, this is a fascinating mixture of music, some of which one would never associate with Gielen, yet nearly all of which is fascinating in one respect or another. © 2018 The Art Music Lounge Read complete review





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