"... Covering approximately 40 years, the program on this disc displays Goossen’s strengths: exquisite craftsmanship-especially in scoring-piquant but not ’difficult’ harmony and economy... The Davis disc is in a class of its own in terms of sonics ..."
Phillip Scott - Fanfare - September/October 2013
“…This interesting mix of music is well played and recorded…”
Roger Hecht – American Record Guide – September/October 2013
**** - Excellent
Giuseppe Rossi – Musica magazine – June 2013
**** - Excellent disc
Michel Fleury - Classica magazine - June 2013
"Virtuoso orchestration by a super-skilled composer. The Intermezzo from Goossen’s opera Don Juan de Mañara is triking. Classy performances." ****
Malcolm Hayes - BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes section) - July 2013
“... Chandos’s rich sound is up to the usual high standards and outshines Goossens’s own 1922 recording of Tam o’Shanter...”
Guy Rickards – Gramophone magazine – May 2013
"... It’s good to see a resurgence of interest on the music of Goossens again and particularly so well played as on this disc ..."
Michael Southern - PittwaterLife magazine (Australia) - April 2013
"... From the first bars of the lively Kaleidoscope, Goosens’ music is obviously in the best of hands, and the second item here, Tam O’Shanter even gives Malcolm Arnold’s celebrated overture of the same name a run for its money (though Arnold’s is the more individual piece). This disc marks the beginning of the partnership between the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and its recently appointed Chief Conductor, Sir Andrew Davis, who already boasts an impressive discography on Chandos. In the pieces here, Goossens demonstrates his mastery of orchestration notably with Four Conceits, Kaleidoscope, and Two Nature Poems, which were initially pieces for solo piano... Sound values are top-notch."
Barry Forshaw - ClassicalCDChoice.co.uk - 31 March 2013
“...All these pieces are excellently played by the Melbourne Symphony, and recorded with an attentive ear to Goossen’s subtleties ...”
John Warrack – International Record Review – March 2013
Performance ****½ Sonics ****½
“...The performances of all the music, given here by Sir Andrew Davis and the excellent Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, could hardly be bettered. Special praise must be given to Jeff Crellin (oboe and cor anglais) and the two harpists Marshall Maguire and Alannah Guthrie-Jones for their sensitive playing of the solo parts in the ‘Concert Piece’. The acoustic of the Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University, Melbourne provides both warmth and clarity for the transport sound captured on this Chandos 5.0 channel 24-bit/96 Hz disc... Those who enjoy the music of , say, Bax, Walton, Grainger or any of the other composers mentioned above should not hesitate to investigate this invaluable release.”
Graham Williams – SACD.net – 1 March 2013
GOOSSENS: TAM O’ SHANTER / KALEIDOSCOPE ETC.; MELBOURNE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA / DAVIS
This disc marks the beginning of the new partnership between the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and its recently appointed Chief Conductor, Sir Andrew Davis. It features orchestral works by Sir Eugene Goossens who was born in London, the son of a French conductor, Eugène. As a violinist, he played in Sir Henry Wood’s Queen’s Hall Orchestra and was given conducting assignments by Sir Thomas Beecham, before moving to the US where he spent the next twenty-five years conducting different American orchestras, particularly the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. He moved to Australia in 1947 where he enjoyed huge success as Director of the New South Wales Conservatorium and Chief Conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Four Conceits, Kaleidoscope, and Two Nature Poems all started life as works for solo piano during or just after WWI. The short tone poem Tam o’ Shanter and the four-act opera Don Juan de Mañara were both inspired by literary sources, the former by Robert Burns and the latter by the Don Juan legend, the libretto by Arnold Bennett. The Three Greek Dances was written for Margaret Morris whose flowing style of dancing, inspired by Isadora Duncan, is now firmly associated with the 1920s. Goossens was knighted in 1955 and returned to Britain in 1956, where he died in 1962. We hope this new survey will spur a revival of interest in Goossens’s music.
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