"...Not one of the works on this disc, not even the brief Scherzo for Strings, is less than thoroughly engaging, engrossing and enjoyable. And to that i’d add entralling for the songs. Nor is anyone involved in these performances, from baritone Michael Krauss and cellist Maya Beiser to conducotr Simone Young and the berlin Radio Symphone Orchestra, anything other than exemplary. Exceptional too is the recording, which comes across with a wide and deep soundstage, superb separatiom of instruments, and visceral sonic punch ... this belongs in the collection of everyone who appreciates late romantic to postromantic, large orchestral scores."
Jerry Dubins - Fanfare - July/August 2013
‘This disc of discovery from Toccata Classics will introduce you to some of his vocal and orchestral music, which has remained in obscurity far too long. […] Baritone Michael Kraus is in fine voice for both songs, and cellist Maya Beiser delivers a sensitive, totally committed performance of the concerto. The Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra under Simone Young provides superb support for both soloists, and delivers what will probably be definitive performances of this rare repertoire for some time to come.’
Classical Lost and Found - 15 January 2008
‘...a composer who is well remembered by these fine recordings’
Music & Vision Daily - February 2008
"...It is then a real coup for Toccata Classics to be issuing this notable music. The comprehensive annotation, photographs, first-class sound (capturing ideally Burger’s luminous scoring) and the wholly excellent performances further ensure that this issue gets a ‘record of the year’ status. No question!"
"...All the performances are outstanding. The recording is first class as well and Toccata’s documentation serves as a model for how an unknown composer should be presented in biographical and musical form. Burger’s was a keen voice, not necessarily either original or ground breaking, but one which presented a strong musical blood line, finely absorbed, excellently orchestrated, thematically interesting, dramatically convincing, and expressively controlled yet eloquent. A composer well worth getting to know, especially in performances as expert as these."
MusicWeb International - January 2008
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