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Lynn René Bayley
The Art Music Lounge, June 2017

This is a great performance. In general shape and form, as well as in emotional power…

…an absolutely splendid performance to enjoy forever. © 2017 The Art Music Lounge Read complete review



Joshua Cohen
Fanfare, May 2017

…a solid, worthy account of the Requiem, distinguished by really superb singing from the Czech Philharmonic Choir of Brno, a fresh, soaring, beautifully tuned ensemble of 75 committed singers. Its leader, Petr Fiala (listed in the booklet as “choir master and conductor”), directs what you might call a “choral-centered” performance, of the kind that Robert Shaw (as opposed to, say, Carlo Maria Giulini) used to give in works like the Mozart and Verdi Requiems. That is, he sets steady sensible tempos and concentrates on carefully graded dynamics and choral balances rather than on theatricality, color, or lyrical shaping. The soloists (all native Czechs and Slovaks) are sturdy, occasionally unsteady, but fervent and appealing. © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review



Paul L Althouse
American Record Guide, January 2017

These Czech performers under Petr Fiala are in full sympathy with the music. Soloists are all good, though soprano Simona Saturova sometimes reveals too much vibrato. The chorus, numbering about 75, is also fine, and they are recorded fairly close up. …The Brno Philharmonic is also first rank. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide





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