Anatole Fistoulari was an exceptionally gifted Russian conductor, who made his debut at the age of seven conducting Tchaikovsky’s ’Pathetique’ Symphony from memory, and who became one of the most important conductors of Russian music in the West after the 1917 Revolution. On this most valuable release, he is heard in orchestral suites from infrequently heard Russian operas, played by some of the finest orchestras, and Fistoulari brings to this rare music all the qualities of empathy and excellence for which he was famous. Now an unjustly neglected figure, this important album will reawaken interest in one of the great 20th-century interpreters of Russian music.
"... The present collection is thoroughly good: Russian music was his [Fistoulari] natural element, and 1950-51, when these recordings were made for Parlophone, was a peak era for London orchestras, back when the energetic vigor that set them apart was as yet unimpaired. Compositions like these, strong on style and short on substance, gain extrememly when performed with crazy gusto; Fistoulari gets the colors right of course, but it is the rhythmic assault on the senses that is the most intoxicating. Unlike the ballet that were his usual fare, none of these works is heard very often, least of all the Tchaikovsky suite arranged by Constantine Saradjeff from the opera Tcherevichky."
David Radcliffe - American Record Guide - March/April 2015