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Rob Cowan
Gramophone, August 2019

Good sound, albeit in mono, also graces an interesting 1955 programme featuring the Symphony Orchestra of South German Radio under Ferenc Fricsay, which opens to more Rossini, a well-played and witty account of the Viaggio a Reims Overture.

Here, minor imperfections apart, my preference is for the SWR recording, which has a free-spirited, folk-like aspect to it that’s lacking on the DG Berlin option. © 2019 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone




Steven A. Kennedy
Cinemusical, July 2019

Fricsay evidently also liked the ballet music for Bernd Zimmermann’s Algoana and included the Brazilian portrait, “Caboclo” on this concert for a nice contrast. It is a more acerbic exploration of extended harmony and folk rhythms (an almost languid Bernstein-esque piece). The Ravel gives the soloists of the orchestra a chance to shine a bit more.

…Those who admire Fricsay’s work will certainly want to explore this release. Even for the casual listener this is a great program of music. © 2019 Cinemusical Read complete review



The Northern Echo, May 2019

Ferenc Fricsay’s innovative choice of programme combines well-known repertoire by Rossini, Strauss and Kodály, with rarely performed works, such as Zimmermann’s world premiere recording of Cabolo. © 2019 The Northern Echo



Lynn René Bayley
The Art Music Lounge, March 2019

Fricsay really comes into his own in the Strauss Burleske, a crisp, brilliant performance, played with a surprising amount of sparkle by the little-known pianist Margit Weber.

Fricsay also has no problem with the somewhat more harmonically accessible but still rhythmically tricky Piano Concertino by Arthur Honegger, and once again Weber plays the piano part with great flair and style. The way Fricsay brings out the pizzicato bass line at 6:45 put me in mind of a jazz bassist.

Overall, then, a good album. © 2019 The Art Music Lounge Read complete review





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