‘These performances are wonderfully alive and dramatically sensitive, but I'd say the most impressive aspect of Ticciati's conducting (especially at such a young age) is his control and restraint. He keeps complete control over the dynamics, and there is some wonderful and magical quiet singing and playing. The music is overwhelming only because of its beauty and power, never volume alone, which sets this recording apart from many others. The Bamberg orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Choir know this music backwards, and there is a wonderful Brahmsian glow throughout.' Presto Classical
‘...these are sterling accounts, with just the right mix of tenderness and sorrow in Nänie and a real tragic forward motion to the central section of the Schicksaslied...aided by the passionately committed singing of the choir. In the Alto Rhapsody Alice Coote is an eloquent and thoughtful soloist' BBC Music Magazine
‘These are animated, purposeful performances...The movement is free, quite unclogged; the texture is clear, no thickening substance adhering.' Gramophone
‘the Middle European Bamberg sound and the Munich-based choristers sound absolutely at home in this repertoire - there is an old-world Brahmsian glow to the singing and playing... Anyone who wants these works on one disc won't be disappointed.' The Sunday Times
‘Ticciati's performances are wonderfully alive and dramatically sensitive...while the Bamberg orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Choir have this music in their bones.' The Guardian
‘[Ticciati's] ear for style, detail and musical shape is judicious and his mode of expression sound.This is mellow Brahms...The Bavarian forces perform the music with a soft, radiant glow.' The Daily Telegraph
ECHO Klassik Award 2011
Best Newcomer: Robin Ticciati
Robin Ticciati makes his debut recording in which he reveals himself to be a talented Brahmsian. In his role as Principal Guest Conductor Ticciati leads the Bamberger Symphoniker, together with British mezzo, Alice Coote, in a collection of the four most significant works in Brahms's output for chorus and orchestra.
The Alto Rhapsody
is the best-known piece on the recording and Alice Coote shines in the solo role. As Colin Anderson says in his booklet note, Nänie
is a work that contains ‘music of rapt contemplation and remarkable loveliness'. Gesang der Parzen
was the composer's last work for choir and orchestra and is full of turbulent, dark music. Schicksalslied
mixes the sublime and the dramatic. All in all a wonderful debut.