"... Alsop does a very fine job of coaxing the maximum mystery and atmosphere from this underrated score, and given the fine audio quality, one can’t really quibble."
Tony Haywood - MusicWeb-International.com - June 2008
"The Wooden Prince (1917) is an epic orchestral narrative: he himself described it as a ‘symphonic poem for dancing’. The bizarre story concerns a prince who falls in love with a princess in a magic forest and attracts her interest with a dancing puppet version of himself. Bartók’s music blends some very mild modernism with enormous, late-Romantic orchestral firepower—clearly this is a young master-composer at work—and the renowned Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under the skilled hands of Marin Alsop brings an impressively strong response to his demands. The recorded acoustic is a touch overspacious and boomy—but better that, in a huge score like this, than too tight." ****
Malcolm Hayes - Classic FM - May 2008
"Marin Alsop is proving herself to be a catholic conductor, particularly of the European composers, and it is fair to say that she has not yet delivered a bad performance, be it of Orff, Brahms or now Bartok. Under her guidance, the Bournemouth orchestra is emerging as one of the finer British orchestra and this performance is testament to that. It is a full-blooded approach that positively glows."
Michael Southern - Pittwater Life - April 2008
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