"...Performances here – both individual and collective – are superb, and faithfully recorded. This outstanding CD simply begs to be included in any collection, whether you have a particular interest in music of this period from displaced composers, or simply are looking for something different from a less well-known composer. In this investigation of chamber works by Paul Ben-Haim, you should certainly not be disappointed on either count."
Philip R Buttall - MusicWeb-International.com - January 2015
Music **** (Very Good) Sound **** (Very Good)
Giselher Schubert - Fono Forum magazine (Germany) - January 2015
“… He [Ben-Haim] is Israel’s most important composer and it is odd that his music isn’t better known here. This new disc from Chandos goes some way to remedying this, with music of a conservative idiom but nonetheless of individuality.”
Peter Spaull – The Liverpool Post – 18 July 2013
“… The players that make up the ARC Ensemble give deeply committed performances of every one of them, and Chandos’s usual wide-range and deep sound stage add excellent dimensionality to the recording. Urgenty recommended.”
Jerry Dubins – Fanfare – November/December 2013
"... Engineering is rich and balanced. Would that all recordings could capture a piano tone as perfectly as in the solo Canzonetta..."
Gill French - American Record Guide - November/December 2013
"...Superb playing by the members of the ARC Ensemble, excellent sound ..."
Rob Cowan - Gramophone magazine - September 2013
"...This CD is highly recommended."
Aaron Howard - Jewish Herald-Voice - 8 August 2013
"...Expertly played by members of the eight-strong ARC Ensemble."
Fiona Maddocks - The Observer - 21 July 2013
“...His [Ben-Haim] music is so clearly and beautifully Jewish but is, much more importantly, excellent, well-written and compelling. I cannot imagine anyone not enjoying this music and, if –like me – any one of these or all of these is your first exposure to the music of Paul Ben-Haim, you will no doubt want to hear more.”
Daniel Coombs – Audiophile Audition.com – 10 July 2013
“... Joaquin Valdepeñas and friends acquit themselves with distinction ...”
Michael Round – International Record Review – July/August 2013
Album of the Week
“...this release is an illuminating introduction. Passing quickly over a juvenile piano quartet, we discover a kindred spirit to Bartók, ears wide open to indigenous and ambient sounds, feet ever ready to jump up and learn a Bedouin dance. The most attractive pieces, athletically played here by Canada’s ARC ensemble, are a pair of violin-piano jigs written for the visiting virtuoso Zino Francescatti, and a quintet for clarinet and strings that hovers between the bourgeois salon and the high-jinks of a klezmer band against a backdrop of heat and dust...” ***
Norman Lebrecht – sinfinimusic.com – 24 June 2013
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