Performance ***** Recording ****
"... Charlier proves a dazzling soloist, and the orchestra capture the wild and unusual colours of the Symphony, another masterpiece of our time."
Yorkshire Post - April 1998
"...the performance by Olivier Charlier and the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Matthias Bamert, are state-of-the-art."
Classic FM Magazine - June 1998
Roger Sutherland - Avant
"... The BBC Symphony Orchestra play both these works as to the manner born; Olivier Charlier ... expounds the Concerto with sympathy and flair..."
Calum MacDonald - Hi-Fi News and Record Review - July 1998
"... Violinist Olivier Charlier demonstrates a delicate touch coupled with a profound understanding of the work, his silvery tone perfectly matching the lyrical fragility of Gerhard’s demands. The BBC Symphony Orchestra under Matthias bamert gives a nonchalent yet exquisitly crafted performance and an equally fine reading of Gerhard’s tense powerful Symphony no 1."
Catherine Nelson - The Strad - July 1998
"...The orchestra’s tone, from the shimmeringly romantic, Szymanowskian opening onwards, is seductive and brilliantly reproduced… A disc recommended with enthusiasm."
LS - Gramophone - May 1998
"First rate performances, especially from violinist Olivier Charlier, plus Chandos’ customary excellent sound... Highly recommended."
Benjamin Pernick - Fanfare - July/August 1998