"An enterprising Haydn programme from Gordan Nicolic, until recently the leader of the London Symphony Orchestra. He directs strong and vital performances, aided by recorded sound that allows the music’s dynamic range to make a powerful impact…. The recording projects the relationship between the orchestra and the solo group to perfection, its subtlety surpassing that in the distinguished Decca recording featuring the Philharmonia Hungarica conducted by Antal Dorati. For in this new compilation from Pentatone the Sinfonia Concertante is the jewel in the crown."
"Pentatone has another winner with this Haydn release. Gordon Nikolic has two distinguished careers, both as a concert violinist and as a conductor. Since 2004 he has been artistic director of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and can be heard both as violinist and conductor…. The superb surround sound vividly captures percussive elements of the "Military" symphony."
Robert E. Benson
"The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra is one of the finest of the many musical groups active in that country…. PentaTone’s five-channel hi-res surround skillfully presents the three works in excellent sonics. The separation of the four soloists from the orchestra in the Concertante is so much more effective than on the typical standard stereo CD."
"On a nicely engineered PentaTone hybrid SACD, violinist Gordan Nikolic leads the famed Netherlands Chamber Orchestra in a splendid program of music by Joseph Haydn… Their relaxed playing is whimsical enough to amuse us and taut enough to stress the perfect balance between soloists and ensemble…. Gordan Nikolic appears to know and understand his Haydn very well. Something tells me we shall hear more of the composer from this leader and orchestra. I certainly hope so."
Dr. Phil Muse