"... This is, quite simply, a remarkable disc. Highly recommended."
Lynn René Bayley - Fanfare - September/October 2013
Giuseppe Rossi - Musica magazine - October 2013
"... The recorded sound is resonant; and Walker, who obiously ’gets’ Brian’s construction, convincingly pulls the music together. An even bigger plus is the terrific sound from the orchestra. Their grasp of what, to them, must be a very odd style, is complete. The playing has such confidence you’s think the Russians cut their teeth on Havergal Brian. These alone make the release worth getting."
Don O’Connor - American Record Guide - September/October 2013
Performance **** Recording ****
"...Alexander Walker secures fine playing by this unfamiliar orchestra whose brass section, pleasingly, avoids the excessive vibrato of previous Russian generations."
Malcolm Hayes - BBC Music magazine - November 2013
**** - Excellent disc
Michel Fleury - Classica magazine - July/August 2013
"...naxos’s sound is clear and precise, the playing of the New Russia State Symphony Orchestra remarkably idiomatic ... highly recommeded ..."
Guy Rickards - BBC Music magazine - July 2013
**** - Good
Remy Franck - Pizzicato magazine - June 2013
"... The sound the present disc has a fullness and perspective that certainly enhances the music-making, working as it does to benefit of Brian’s often densely contrapuntal textures ... If furture releases maintain this level of conviction, then the series will have been well worth reactivating."
Richard Whitehouse - International Record Review - June 2013
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