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Donald Rosenberg
Gramophone, May 2014

On this valuable recording featuring the UCLA Philharmonia under Neal Stulberg, the Vienna and Los Angeles sides of Zeisl’s art are explored to striking effect.

The auras are expressive, haunting, epic and…subtly impressionistic.

The bold soloist here is Antonio Lysy, who manages the tricky writing with aplomb and teams vibrantly with the UCLA players and conductor Stulberg. © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, March 2014

This is an all-around magnificent release, and not just for the music, which ranges from stunningly beautiful and deeply moving to rib-tickling funny. The thick booklet, printed on heavy slick stock and filled with high quality photos, is a thing of beauty unto itself. Moreover, it’s fitting that the UCLA Philharmonia, for its first commercial venture, has chosen to present world premiere recordings of works by a composer whose legacy is bound up with the émigré community of Los Angeles artists. Performances and recording are fantastic. This calls for the most urgent recommendation possible. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review



David W Moore
American Record Guide, November 2013

The orchestra for this program is a college group and a remarkably polished one. There are no technical gaffes in evidence, and the balances and unanimity of effort is remarkable…this is strong stuff that had me weeping and chuckling by turns. I am very happy to have it and hope to find more of Zeisl on records. © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, October 2013

Eric Zeisl…is being introduced on this CD with three symphonic works.

The ‘Little Symphony After Pictures of Roswitha Bitterlich’ was composed after Zeisl’s visit to an exhibition of art works by a 14-year old Tyrolean girl, Roswitha Bitterlich. The deliciously skewed music is performed by the UCLA Philharmonia and played most ravishingly by its soloists.

The ‘Concerto grosso for Cello and Orchestra’ is Zeisl’s last major orchestral work. Antonio Lysy plays it engagingly and most lyrically. The accoustical realm of the recording is very direct, correctly balanced, and spatially solid. © 2013 Pizzicato





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