"...The orchestra is outstanding, led by a conductor who has no inhibitions about delivering a full dynamic range, crisp articulation, and meticulous attention to rhythmic accuracy."
Robert Marlow - Fanfare - January/February 2014
"... there’s no question this is worth having, especially as Chandos gives you both Dobrzynski’s original slow movement for the symphony and the one he substituted for it. One wonders if any other Dobrzynski symphonies exist in playable form, as more from this source would be most welcome."
Steven J Haller - American Record Guide - September/October 2013
“... Emilian Madey is a fine pianist ... When it gets the chance, the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra provides plenty of fire. Madey projects the cantabile of the central Andante espressivo perfectly, and even provides his own expert cadenza for the tremendously driven finale.”
Colin Clarke – International Piano magazine – September/October 2013
"...The performances are good throughout. Some really imaginative conjunctions ... There is certainly something of worth here ..."
Jonathan Woolf - MusicWeb-International.com - August 2013
“...Madey plays with bravura in the Concerto, and the Polish Radio Orchestra obviously loves to show the world there are hidden treasures in their native music libraries. A good recording supports the case for this forgotten composer.” ****
Marius Dawn – Pianist magazine – August/September 2013
“...This pair of discs from the Polish Radio Symphony under Lukasz Borowicz provides a valuable introduction to the music of a composer who may hardly be known outside Poland nowadays, but who on this evidence deserves much more exposure... It’s a very convincing early romantic symphony that’s well worth a place in the repertoire, while the overture is striking enough to suggest that the whole of the opera would be well worth investigating.” ****
Andrew Clements – The Guardian – 12 July 2013
Interpretation ***** Sound ****** Repertoire *****
Burkhard Schäfer – Piano News magazine (Germany) – July/August 2013
“...It’s engagingly tuneful [Symphony No 2] , soundly constructed and unashamedly home-grown in flavour ... The music-making on this enterprising Chandos twofer brings no cause for complaint. Emilian Madey proves an uncommonly deft and sympathetic soloist in the concerto, and Lukasz Borowicz draws some nicely turned and consistently bright-eyed playing from the Polish Radio SO. The sound, too, is very good...”
Andrew Achenbach – Gramophone magazine – July 2013
“... this is a highly listenable Symphony, and the whole concert most recommendable at Chandos’s two-for-one price.”
Michael Round – International Record Review – June 2013
“...The music on a new two-CD set from Chandos was written in his [Dobrzynski’s] earlier years and includes a fine piano concerto played here by Emilian Madey and his 2nd Symphony (Characteristic), the programme opening with the Overture Monbar or The Filibusters, a bright tuneful piece ... he is a fine composer ... this music is a significant discovery.”
Peter Spaull – Liverpool Post – May 2013
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