"The hi-res surround sonics of the live recording are exemplary, and as perfectly suited to Suk’s music as the many SACDs of both Bruckner and Mahler symphonies have proven."
John Sunier - Audiophile Audition - 12 April 2009
"Everyone should hear Asrael - and Ashkenazy makes a persuasive case."
David Gutman - Gramophone - May 2009
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"Within seconds of sliding this CD into my hifi system and hitting the play button, I knew it was going to be special. Suk’s Asrael symphony is a true one-off and shines in this performance. .. If Asrael is Suk’s masterpiece, then here’s a recording to match it."
Andrew Mellor - Classic FM magazine - March 2009
"Ashkenazy brings more sheer excitement to the finale than any other conductor on disc, and the playing of the Helsinki Philharmonic is splendid. Ashkenazy also benefits from the best engineering ... If you love the symphonies of, say, Mahler or Tchaikovsky, then you really must hear "Asrael."
David Hurwitz - Listen Magazine - March/April 2009
"Despite its tragic programme, the symphony is an uplifting memorial, full of romantic fervour and richly orchestrated. Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Helsinki orchestra give a searing account of this neglected masterpiece." ****
Michael Kennedy - The Sunday Telegraph - 22 February 2009
Artistic Quality 10 Sound Quality 10 Overall Impresion 10
Benjamin C. Cohrs - klassik-heute.com - February 2009
"The recording of the ’Asrael’ Symphony is another triumph for the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. This masterpiece of late Romanticism is superbly recorded in multi-channel sound."
Jukka Isopuro - Helsingin Sanomat - 31 January 2009
Artistic Quality 10 Sound Quality 10
"This performance is magnificent. (Ashkenazy) brings more sheer excitement to the finale than any other conductor on disc, and the playing of the Helsinki Philharmonic gives nothing away to the Czechs in the Talich and Neumann versions. Ashkenazy also enjoys far and away the best engineering ... If you love the symphonies of, say, Mahler or Tchaikovsky, then you really must hear Asrael."
David Hurwitz - ClassicsToday.com - January 2009
"This neglected rarity has Mahlerian breadth and impressionistic colour for both of which conductor Ashkenazy has always shown instinctive affinity. The performance has drama and impressive emotion. It has rhetorical scope and fine, if not impeccable, instrumental playing."
Sydney Morning Herald - 17 January 2009
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