Album **** (Excellent) Sound Quality *** (Good)
Jacques Bonnaure – Classica magazine (France) – February 2015
“… A CD to warm the heart and lift the spirits.”
Adrian Edwards – Gramophone magazine – August 201
**** (Excellent album)
Maurizio Modugno - Musica magazine (Italy) - July/August 2014
"...Massenet is justly famous for his popular, often sweet, sentimental operas, notably Manon and Werther. His orchestral music remains much less celebrated and is not as well known. This new Järvi recording is distinguished by vibrant performances in very good and finely balanced sound. It propels this collection to the top of its few competitive recordings... A rich, spicy feast. The best recording yet of Massenet’s too-often-forgotten orchestral music."
Ian Lace - MusicWeb-International.com - 3 June 2014
“… hugely enjoyable listening… Järvi is in his element, and his Geneva orchestra responds with spirit and style.” ****
Andrew Clark – The Financial Times – 24-25 May 2014
“… Another winner from Neeme Järvi, then, and with informative notes from Roger Nichols complementing these fine accounts, it’s hard to imagine even the most morose of spirits remaining unmoved by this disc.”
Michael Jameson – International Record Review – June 2014
Performance **** Recording ****
"... the suite of Spanish regional dances from El Cid and the atmospherically varied Scènes pittoresques - are played by Neeme Järvi and his Swis orchesra with infectious panache and finesse ..."
Mark Pappenheim - BBC Music magazine - July 2014
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