"... the stereo sound is excellent - and the whole production is handsome. This certainly stands at the top of the catalog ..."
Peter J. Rabinowitz - Fanfare - September/October 2012
"...A triumph of performance and scholarship ...
Dan Morgan - musicweb-international.com - 5 May 2012
Recording of the Month
"This thrilling new recording of the Berlioz Requiem is the product of painstaking research as well as some indefatigable hard work on the part of the conductor. paul Mc Creesh ... He has based his numbers and approach on the circumstances of the work’s premiere, including the importance of the scale of the building - vast forces in a vast space - and the positioning of the players in relation to the acoustical venue. So this performance is ’authentic’ to the core and the results are thrilling ... First class."
Simon Thompson - musicweb-international.com - 6 December 2011
"...this is a definitive recording of a staggering piec. Berlioz’s dramatic sense and canny pacing make this vast work as entertaining as it is moving."
Graham Rickson - the Arts Desk.com - 12 November 2011
"...Taken as a whole, this is an intelligent and suprememly memorable reading. As well as offering a musically limpid interpretation, constantly sensitive to the Requiem text as liturgy, not merely as an aural spectacular, the recording is a model of engineering. The young, supple-voiced choirs are enveloped in a rich acoustic bloom, atmospheric without being recessed, and the vast arrays of instrumentalists ... are heard with individuality yet cohesion... mcCreesh reflects on every bar and inflects each nuance, with taste and good judgement... this Grande messe de morts is a thing of unexpected delicacy and beauty. There’s a new quality, too, that shines out from this much-maligned epic: devotional integrity."
Mark Valencia - Classical Source.com - 2 November 2011
"...Anyone in search of a transformative listening experience, Berlioz agnostics among them, should make this release a priority purchase. Expect to hear terrific choral singing and an uncommonly close corporate involvement in the ritual of making music." *****
Andrew Stewart - Classic FM Magazine - December 2011
"...this is the first in a series of choral recordings from these forces, collectively known as Ensemble Wroclaw. McCreesh draws together the vast, disparate forces with aplomb, pacing the more dramatic passages skilfully yet finding great beauty and repose in this most complex of scores. Warmly recommended." *****
Guy Weatherall - Classical Music Magazine - 5 November 2011