"A simply outstanding recording of two magnificent and scandalously neglected music, both symhonies dating from 1919 ... the music is important and he performances are superb, as is the recording quality. A truly significant issue." *****=EXX (Exceptional)
Robert Matthew-Walker - Musical Opinion - November/December 2013
***** - (Exceptional Disc)
Giuseppe Rossi - Musica magazine - September 2013
Artistic Quality 10 Sound Quality 10
"...both beautiful works, indulgently scored, but not overlong. They last only about half an hour each, are full of incident, and so they make a perfect coupling.
These performances are even better than the first release in this ongoing cycle. Isaac Karabtchevsky really seems to have woken up as an interpreter now that he has a fine orchestra under his baton. The “War” symphony is even livelier than the competition (on CPO), and the strings of the São Paulo Symphony seem quite comfortable with the composer’s strange ostinatos and dense, but often light, textures. Make no mistake, this is not easy music to play, and its relative lack of popularity is easily explained by the dearth of obvious Brazilian folk elements. But these are serious and enjoyable works, and it’s great to see them getting the attention they deserve from the composer’s compatriots. Terrific."
David Hurwitz - ClassicsToday.com - July 2013
"... recommended for the excellent playing of the São Paolo Symphony ..."
Lynn René Bayley - Fanfare July/August 2013
"...Issac Karabtchevsky and the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra clearly relish every note of this music and these discs are landmarks in the recorded history of Brazil’s best-known composer."
Ivan Moody - International record Review - June 2013
Music **** (Very Good) Sound **** (Very Good)
Giselher Schubert - Fono Forum magazine - June 2013
Rémy Franck - Pizzicato magazine - May 2013
"...These new performances present both symphonies in the best possible light, the playing the most refined these works have had on disc..."
Guy Rickards - Gramophone magazine - May 2013
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