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Sunday, February 9, 2014
Bruckner, A.: Symphonies (Complete) (Tintner) (12-CD Boxed Set)

Bruckner, A.: Symphonies (Complete) (Tintner) (12-CD Boxed Set)
Naxos / Boxed Sets: 8.501205
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10/10 Artistic and Sound Quality

…whether or not you agree with all of Tintner's decisions with respect to editions, there's no question that he justifies his choices by delivering what are arguably the best performances available of the alternative in question. This is true of that Eighth, and even more so of his astonishing Third, one of the very greatest Bruckner performances ever committed to disc. Also noteworthy: superb versions of the Seventh, Fourth, and First. The two early works, "0" and "00", need to be played as well as they are here. They are not great Bruckner, but Tintner's commitment carries the day.

Sonically, these are also some of Naxos' finest efforts, making this box an essential purchase for anyone who loves Bruckner and who missed these performances the first time around.

- By David Hurwitz © 2014 ClassicsToday.com
 
McTee, C.: Symphony No. 1 / Circuits / Einstein's Dream / Double Play (Detroit Symphony, Slatkin)

McTee, C.: Symphony No. 1 / Circuits / Einstein's Dream / Double Play (Detroit Symphony, Slatkin)
Naxos / American Classics: 8.559765
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4.5 Stars

Regarded as one of the most brilliant composers of her generation, Cindy McTee demonstrates her prodigious skills at orchestral writing in this 2013 Naxos release...

- By Blair Sanderson © 2014 Allmusic.com


4 Stars

The DSO does a great job exploring these unique pieces. The Symphony is certainly the highlight of the disc with the opening Circuits being not far behind. The other pieces are somewhat curious 21st Century examples that one might find on a compilation of new orchestral music. In the present setting, these are each carefully chosen pieces that manage to illustrate the variety and depth of McTee's musical language. This is a great introduction to McTee's music...

- By Steven A. Kennedy © 2014 Cinemusical
 
Ravel, M.: Daphnis et Chloe / Hovhannes, A.: Meditation on Orpheus (Seattle Symphony Chorale and Orchestra, Schwarz)

Ravel, M.: Daphnis et Chloe / Hovhannes, A.: Meditation on Orpheus (Seattle Symphony Chorale and Orchestra, Schwarz)
Naxos / Seattle Symphony Collection: 8.571211
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9/9 Artistic and Sound Quality

Gerard Schwarz starts Daphnis et Chloé in a very slow tempo that suggests a funeral procession, but then takes the following Danse religieuse surprisingly quickly. ...Schwarz manages to conjure the enchanted atmosphere of the piece (especially in the more exotic passages) with great help from the Seattle Symphony, which plays marvelously—particularly the strings with their beguilingly silken tone.

The recorded sound is splendid, easily capturing fine details in the wide dynamic range (even if the wind machine is less than ideally audible)... (read more)

- Victor Carr Jr © 2014 ClassicsToday.com
 
Beethoven, L. van: Symphonies, Vol. 3 (Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, Bernard) - Nos. 1, 7

Beethoven, L. van: Symphonies, Vol. 3 (Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, Bernard) - Nos. 1, 7
Park Avenue Chamber Symphony: PACSNAXOS0025
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4 Stars

This is the third album of Beethoven symphonies by the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony Orchestra, and it pairs No. 7 with No. 1 ...the recordings…are well done, with Maestro Bernard choosing specific, suitable tempi for each of the movements.

David Bernard has won competitions and awards for his conducting, and we hear his spirit and precision with a small orchestra to good effect here. The album is worth acquiring to round out a collection of Beethoven symphonies.

- By Paul Kennedy © 2014 Audiophile Audition
 
Albinoni, T.G.: Concertos, Opp. 7 and 9 (Robson, Latham, Collegium Musicum 90, Standage)

Albinoni, T.G.: Concertos, Opp. 7 and 9 (Robson, Latham, Collegium Musicum 90, Standage)
Chandos: CHAN0792-94X
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5 Stars

...these are some of the most incredibly tuneful concertos you will ever hear, and no lover of Baroque music should be without them. These reissues are from 1995-1997, and Chandos is offering them in this new box set for about ten bucks a disc. The sound is spectacular, and performances as good as you are going to hear by artists long established in the genre, and I can't think of a better way to spend three hours—and they go by quickly!

- By Steven Ritter © 2014 Audiophile Audition

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