In the past months our September releases garnered fantastic reviews. You can read excerpts from the reviews below and if you spot others that we might have missed, please do not hesitate to share them on this blog!
“A high-voltage First and great fervour in the Third and Fourth Symphonies makes Doráti’s LSO Brahms performances totally compelling.” BBC Music Magazine
“Vibrant performances with plenty of thrills (no spills!) played with passion. Phrases soar. This is brawny Brahms, unsentimental, clear-sighted. Antal Doráti’s flexible conducting encourages soulful song and athletic allegros. The sound, unfailingly vivid and immediate, can be edgy, but in time-honoured Mercury Living Stereo fashion there is nothing dull. These symphonies aren’t museum-pieces but alive, breathing works of musical art.” Classical Source
“It has bark and bite both as sound and in performance style. Doráti delivers whiplash, lunge, parry and recoil. This is exciting Brahms and no mistake. (…) Impatient and intemperate Brahms – invincible and heart-singing when you are in the right mood. A great palate freshener when you have had your fill of the musing and the contemplative.” MusicWeb International
“Masterpieces both! Two scintillating scores (Paris, 1870 & 1876) brimful of hits, paraded here with panache and style – insouciant, exhilarating, always magnetic. Whether conducted by Doráti or Fistoulari, both had the measure of Delibes’s choreography-in-music, his fund of tunes and orchestral brilliance. Their orchestras play with relish. Knockout sound, too, from the Mercury stable, with thrilling presence and tangible detailing.” Classical Source
“It sounds spacious, slightly warm, and a touch soft, with a modest stage depth and a lovely ambient bloom. The sound nicely complements the music and Gergiev’s interpretation of it, the natural orchestral glow further romanticizing Rachmaninov’s rapturous melodies without sacrificing too much detail or definition.” Classical Candor
“Muti’s second Schumann cycle boasts superbly responsible playing from the Vienna Phil. Exhilarating rhythmic drive together with deeply felt intensity of expression makes these performances highly competitive” BBC Music Magazine
“Robert Schumann’s four wonderful symphonies (the Fourth player in the composer’s revision) have long been staples of the gramophone, if not – sadly – the concert hall. Riccardo Muti’s second traversal finds the Vienna Philharmonic lissom and blossoming, responding generously to Muti’s picturesque and glowing detailing, at-one with Schumann’s delicious descriptions and private passions. The sound is ideally warm, clear and natural.” Classical Source