Performance **** Sound ****
"...this new disc is very competitive, and an excellent introduction to Bridge’s orchestral art."
Calum MacDonald - BBC Music magazine - September 2004
Artistic Quality 9 Sound Quality 9
"This fine disc makes a superb introduction to Frank Bridge’s orchestral music. The performance of Enter Spring has greater clarity and rhythmic spring than Richard Hickox’s recent Chandos version, and in The Sea, James Judd offers the most exciting finale on CD. In the first movement, though, Charles Groves’ interpretation (EMI) remains the most focused and shapely of phrase. The two shorter works, the impressionistic Summer and the charming Two Poems, have plenty of atmosphere and spirit. The New Zealand Symphony’s lean sonority suits the music well—Bridge never was much given to Romantic fuzziness—and Naxos provides clean, impactful sonics. If I don’t have much else to say it’s because there’s no need to. This is simply well conducted, well played, and well recorded, and an excellent bargain."
David Hurwitz - ClassicsToday.com - September 2004
“...[A] bargain introduction to Bridge’s music.”
Matthew Rye - The Daily Telegraph (Australia) - August 2004
"...The CD presents an excellent introduction to the repertoire of this great yet still largely neglected British composer."
John France - MusicWeb-International.com - July 2004
“Billed as Naxos’s July disc of the month, this album of orchestral tone poems by Frank Bridge has already attracted glowing reviews and offers a very competitive bargain for collectors of 20th Century British music. The Sea benefits from the tonal richness of the New Zealand SO’s playing and their alert response to James Judd’s flexible phrasing.”
Music Week - July 2004
"...The sound is eminently vivid and well-defined ... an enjoyable concert and very decent value."
Andrew Achenbach - Gramophone magazine - August 2004
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