“... I am delighted with this disc of first-rate music and I heartily recommend it.”
Phillip Scott – Fanfare – March/April 2013
"...The recorded sound has been perfectly judged throughout this excellent disc. For those curious about the composer and his very personal, diverse music this is an excellent place to start. It has his most celebrated music and some of his best too."
Jonathan Woolf - MusicWeb-International.com - January 2013
“...These performances have been stunningly captured by a recording of exemplary clarity and spaciousness, with huge dynamic range, and Gerald Larner’s notes provide a helpful introduction to the composer and the music. Anyone seeking something a little different shouldn’t hesitate over this release: it would be difficult to imagine any prospective purchaser being disappointed.”
Michael Jameson – International Record Review – December 2012
"...Montsalvatge’s music at its best suggests a piquant plate of patatas bravas. His four-movement Partita 1958 is an engaging, spiky work, the bitonal passages betraying his fondness for the music of Darius Milhaud. The Cinco Canciones Negras are the most immediately appealing piece s on this Chandos disc. Each song is a sun-drenched gem, sung with gorgeous aplomb by Spanish mezzo Clara Mouriz, capable of reduing her voice to an imperceptable whisper when needed... All performed with panache. More please."
Graham Rickson - TheArtsdesk.com - 3 November 2012
"Performances and recording are excellent and up to Chandos’ best standards. A most welcome introduction to Montsalvatge’s world and a superb tribute to the composer in his centenary year."
Hubert Culot - MusicWeb-International.com – 16 October 2012
Performance **** Recording *****
"...This is a wise and moving work. Juanjo Mena directs admirable, wholly idiomatic performances. A valuable disc for anyone interested in Catalan music of the 20th century,"
Calum MacDonald - BBC Music magazine - December 2012
“...The performances are immensely persuasive. Ruby Hughes sounds suitably seraphic in Simfonia de Rèquiem, but the vocal honours go to Clara Mouriz, tremendous in Cinco Canciones.”
Tim Ashley – The Guardian – 14 September 2012
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