"These remarkable players seem to have endless energy, matching the effort and concentration put in by our greatest living conductor ... the benchmark recording"
musicOMH.com - 3 October 2005
"The LSO Live label goes from strength to strength ... Smetana’s cycle of six tone poems reflecting the mythology and pastoral beauty of his Czech homeland is a given a a vivid and richly rewarding performance that delights the ear as uch as the heart. More luxuriant orchestral sound and refined ensemble playing ..."
Classic FM Magazine - December 2005
"Colin Davis has an affinity with Czech music that is every bit as strong as his better-known sympathy with Berlioz or Mozart ... a performance that welds the six portraits into a convincing whole. The LSO plays with warmth and grandeur and the recorded balance is one of the most successful in this series"
Daily Telegraph - 15 October 2005
"there can be no mistaking the conviction that he brings to the cycle ... Davis never loses sight of the outcome - the main motifs coalescing into an apotheosis both uninhibited and triumphant"
International Record Review - November 2005
’Most highly recommended’
"Colin Davis and the LSO turn in a vivid, exciting account of Smetana’s perennially fresh, dramatic cycle of tone poems ... the best performances of this work must convey a sense of occasion, of a big event taking place ... Davis and the LSO have managed to capture this elusive quality"
ClassicsToday.com - 16 November 2005
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BBC Radio 3 - CD Review - 21 January 2006
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