“… this recording has some interesting things to say about Janacek, and I look forward to hearing more. Playing and sound are excellent…”
Roger Hecht – American Record Guide – March/April 2015
“…This is a reference recording … Wonderful music, beautifully performed and recorded.”
Graham Rickson – theartsdesk.com – 31 January 2015
“…the players are brilliant and the sound is glorious, very skilfully recorded… Jean-Efflam Bavouzet performs dazzling feats of virtuosity with a truly exacting solo part; and the extraordinary, fascinating textures are displayed by both artists and the recording engineers…”
John Warrack – Gramophone magazine – December 2014
"...Gardner’s way with Janácek’s music is not the only way – but it’s pretty persuasive. The Bergen Philharmonic offer excellent playing throughout this programme and Chandos have recorded the orchestra in warm but well-detailed and well–focused sound. I listened to the SACD layer of this hybrid discs with very satisfactory results. John Tyrrell’s notes are a model of their kind. This, I suspect, is going to be a rewarding series to follow and this first disc is an auspicious start. I wonder what will come next. I note that Edward Gardner is conducting the Glagolitic Mass in Birmingham and Bergen in March next year so I hope very much that a recording of that blazing masterpiece is on the agenda."
John Quinn - MusicWeb-International.com - 25 November 2014
"...This glowing and revealing music is done proud in this present recording."
Colin Anderson - ClassicalSource.com - September 2014
Performance (Sinfonietta) **** (Rest) ***** Recording ****
“… a thoroughly satisfying performance. Altogether this is a most promising start to an excellent project.”
Jan Smaczny – BBC Music magazine – Christmas 2014
“… this disc can be warmly recommended …”
Richard Whitehouse – International Record Review – November 2014
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