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Dan Morgan
MusicWeb International, March 2015

…conductor Leoš Svárovský also brings out the fine details that tend to shrivel in the presence of too much heat. The Brno orchestra…make a very good impression here; and it’s not just the brass that deserve praise, for all sections play with a unanimity and character that one rarely hears from a provincial ensemble.

…the quality of this recording…captures Janáček’s unique sonorities in a most natural and appealing way.

The soloists are uniformly excellent, with no sign of the dreaded Slavic wobble; the women are particularly athletic, vaulting over Janáček’s daunting hurdles with aplomb.

…Svárovský proves a sympathetic and steadfast guide; he has a keen ear for Janáček’s sound-world and keeps his finger on the musical pulse throughout. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review




David Hurwitz
ClassicsToday.com, June 2014

Right from the Introduction, with its piercing trumpets and nice, fat, sonorous trombones, this performance as an idiomatic “tang” that augers well for what’s to come…In the Kyrie and Gloria, soprano Eva Drizgová rivals the best on disc. The Credo features a truly gripping crucifixion episode and a glorious conclusion. Through it all, conductor Leos Svárovsky conducts as to the manner born. The orchestra from Janácek’s home town plays fabulously, the choir sings with audible enthusiasm and accuracy…this is as good as it gets.

The coupling is substantial. This performance [of the Eternal Gospel]…is completely convincing and it pairs perfectly with the Mass. Excellent, well-balanced engineering makes this disc a must for all Janácek lovers… © 2014 ClassicsToday.com Read complete review





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