Artistic Quality 9 Sound Quality 9
"This is a lively and captivating disc of music that’s very much of its time and place (1870s), but in a good way. The Fantasía morisca has four colorfully orchestrated movements... You’re going to love it, and the music is all the more remarkable ...
The performances under José Ramón Encinar are completely convincing. Particularly admirable is the energy infused into the outer movements of the symphony, a work that I could easily imagine sounding a touch fusty. Very good sonics make this release a treat for anyone who loves the picturesque back alleys of the romantic period."
David Hurwitz - ClassicsToday.com - March 2013
"...The performances are among the best in the Naxos Spanish series."
Roger Hecht - American Record Guide - March 2013
"...Though remembered predominantly for his theatrical works, Ruperto Chapi was honoured a few years ago with the publication of a critical edition of his only symphony—the result of mature study in Rome and Paris and begun in the latter city in 1877. Personal characteristics are integrated into a work that is thoroughly in the classical symphonic tradition that Chapi had absorbed in his studies. It’s well worth hearing, with a brooding opening that soon gives way to some striking writing for brass and is followed by an extended, varied and especially beautiful Andante, a sparkling Scherzo and an imposingly scored finale ... this Naxos recording is a clear first in desirability ... Encinar and his Madrid forces are completely assured... The Fantasia morisca is the composer’s most widely known orchestral work—a colourful, picturesque and tuneful four-movement suite written originally for military band and an important representative of the so-called Alhambrismo school.
Altogether this is another desirable Naxos bargain."
Andrew Lamb - Gramophone magazine - August 2009
"...here is a very enjoyable but inexpensive disc of two very worthwhile pieces by a composer who clearly ought to be better known beyond his own country."
John Sheppard - MusicWeb-International.com - January 2013
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