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The Times
4 Stars
Prom 40: 'Ticciati is about to start his ninth and final season with the SCO and the rapport is evident in the freedom, a cultivated kind of spontaneity, that he achieves with the group.'
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The Independent
4 Stars
Prom 40: '...glinting gold with sunlit horns, now a bubbling rush of strings.'
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Seen and Heard
Prom 40: '...this was bracing Schumann, and a real tonic at that.'
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Financial Times
Prom 40: 'Everything about the symphony was pleasingly gemütlich.'
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RBB Kultur Radio
'Robin Ticciati and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra produce a convincing, vitally vital recording...'
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Gramophone
'On LP, it's a sensation. The additional space for mastering depth afforded by the 45rpm format yields an uncompromised dynamic range. Essential listening.'
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Huffington Post
'This superb, digitally-sourced vinyl is a rare opportunity to hear Haydn full out. With the 40 members of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra playing like the hand-picked virtuosos they are, the big explosions sound wonderful, especially with the volume turned way up. And in every measure, the instrumental detail is so precise and intense, and played so beautifully, that the overall effect is just the way Haydn must have heard them.'
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Audio Asylum
40 under 40: 'This is not your father's Haydn, but so far I am loving this.'
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Audio Beat
4 Stars
'Be that as it may, Ticciati's interesting interpretation and a zesty performance from the SCO shine through.'
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Hifi & Records
'A wonderful, extraordinarily fresh and crisp interpretation...'
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The Herald Scotland
Top 10 Scottish Classical Albums of 2015: #3 spot
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Audiophilia
Best Recordings of 2015
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BBC Music Magazine
4 Stars
'The SCO is everywhere on wonderfully characterful form; its close rapport with the conductor produces music-making so appealingly fresh...the disc proves an enriching experience alike as a whole and in parts.'
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Colorado Public Radio
Favorite Releases Of 2015: 'Robin Ticciati and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra deliver wonderfully fresh and bold readings of all three.'
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MDR Figaro
„Die Musiker des Scottish Chamber Orchestra spielen, "historisch-informiert", mit klarem, transparentem Klang und dosiertem Vibrato.”
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MusicWeb International
'On Linn Robin Ticciati and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra excel with fresh and responsive accounts of this well chosen trio.'
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Classical Source
'These performances are carefully thought out: Ticciati interprets the music in a personal manner and also with character.'
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Sinfini Music
4 Stars
'The Scottish Chamber Orchestra, playing on period instruments under Robin Ticciati's direction, plays with subtlety and vim, with particularly fine work from the natural horns in their prominent place in No.31.'
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BR Klassik
,,Mit spielerischer Leichtigkeit, federnder Eleganz, sprechender Artikulation und natürlicher Phrasierung bringt Robin Ticciati Haydns geistreiche Satzkunst auf den Punkt.''
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Audiophile Audition
4 Stars
'It's a cliche to say that listening to these Haydn symphonies is like hearing them for the first time, but that description is apt here.'
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De Volkskrant
4 Stars
'De jonge Britse dirigent Robin Ticciati en het Scottish Chamber Orchestra blazen er hun geïnspireerde adem overheen...Fijne cd...'
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MusicWeb International
Recording of the Month: 'The partnership between Ticciati and the SCO has blossomed into one of the most exciting in music, and I don't just mean in Britain.'
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The Irish Times
4 Stars
'Three distinctive Haydn symphonies, all in the key of D, all given taut, bracing, urgently propelled performances.'
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Classical CD Choice
'Ticciati’s performance is exhilarating yet never rushed…The soloists of the SCO rise fully to the opportunities offered to them with playing of the utmost grace and refinement…'
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The Telegraph
5 Stars
One Of The Best Classical Albums Of 2015: '...the brilliance, finesse, freshness and bravura of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra are recommendation enough.'
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BBC Radio Scotland 'Classics Unwrapped'
'I love it that much I’m playing you some more. Fantastic ending to that final movement of Haydn’s Symphony No. 31 in D major.'
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The Arts Desk
'All thought-provoking and highly enjoyable - Ticciati's best disc so far.'
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De Telegraaf
5 Stars
'A sparkling recording.'
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The Scotsman
5 Stars
'...a trilogy of D major performances that truly capture the spirited essence of Haydn.'
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The Herald Scotland
'It is a great package, recorded with the care and precision we expect from producer Philip Hobbs, and with a thought-provoking essay by American musicologist Richard Taruskin that complements the rigor of Ticciati's approach.'
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Classic FM
Drive Featured Album: 'The SCO under their dynamic young conductor are clearly relishing the vivacity and pathos of this under-performed music.'
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The Observer
4 Stars
'...cleverly chosen and done with such brimming fizz and fun...'
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Presto Classical
'delightful'
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Gramophone
'This is a valuable collection, finely recorded (Philip Hobbs) and beautifully packaged.'
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BBC Radio 3 ‘Breakfast’
‘…rather illuminatingly programmes three symphonies in D major from different stages of Haydn’s career…bracing, fresh Haydn.’
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BBC Radio 3 'CD Review'
'Nice horns…They have a lovely feel for the style of early, more-Baroque kind of Haydn…with plenty of punch, character and colour. A fine recording.'
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HRAudio
5 Stars
'Robin Ticciati's first recording of Haydn Symphonies is a triumphant success. Symphony No. 31 known as the ' Hornsignal' opens with some of the most thrilling natural horn sounds imaginable from the four superb players led by virtuoso Alec Frank-Gemmill. Ticciati's performance is exhilarating yet never rushed, and in each of the four movements the tempi he has chosen seem ideal to allow the music to breathe with unforced naturalness.'
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MusicWeb International
'The SCO play as well as they did for Sir Charles Mackerras, whose performances of the late Mozart symphonies have become modern classics of the recorded repertoire, while Robin Ticciati has a sure sense of the music.'
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All Music
4½ Stars
'Ticciati achieves a fusion of modern and historical performance not quite like any other achieved elsewhere, with vividly sculpted internal lines, a good deal of energy, and a great feel for the humor and sparkle of the late Symphony No. 101. This is a performance that demands attention.'
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Pizzicato
Supersonic Award: ,,Gefühl absoluter Perfektion''
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The Sunday Times
'Ticciati's decision to programme three symphonies in D major from different stages of Haydn's career is a clever and attractive one.'
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Fanfare
'This is one of the best Schumann symphony cycles to come my way in a very long time, maybe even ever...'
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BBC Music Magazine
'Building A Library' Recommended Recording of Schumann's Symphony No. 2
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Sir Simon Rattle in Gramophone
'Robin makes a clear case for how the revised version can retain the radical edge of the 1841 version. Still it sounds like a fireball and I take my hat off to him.'
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Classica
«On apprécie d'autant plus Ia finesse et Ia musicalité de certains pupitres (clarinette, hautbois) qui donnent véritablement un supplément d'âme à leur lecture et n'enferment pas Ia musique dans des éclairages monochromes ou bien, à l'inverse, dans une démonstration purement virtuose.»
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The Guardian
4 Stars
Live Review: ‘exhilarating Haydn’
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BBC Music Magazine
Top Recommendation: 'I'd opt for Ticciati, whose exhilarating Rhenish has all the makings of a modern classic.'
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The Telegraph
4 Stars
Live Review: 'Terrific...The sound was vivid and clear, and the timpani made a joyous rhythmic clatter...'
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Herald Scotland
Pick of 2014: '...Robin Ticciati and the SCO released an astoundingly good Schumann symphony cycle...'
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Herald Scotland
'And you can hear [Schumann's playfulness] all the way through Robin Ticciati's new and widely-acclaimed recording of the symphonies with the SCO.'
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The Telegraph
4 Stars
Live Review: 'highly convincing'
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The Guardian
Live Review: '[Ticciati] always gets the charismatic best from this orchestra.'
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Inside Story
'No new release has given me greater pleasure in 2014 than conductor Robin Ticciati's survey of the four symphonies of Schumann with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.'
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De Volkskrant
#23 in da Volksrant's 'Best Albums of 2014' of all genres
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Audiophile Audition
'Linn has given their all to Ticciati, and it sounds splendid.'
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The Sunday Times
#9 ‘Classical Record of the Year’: ‘In a competitive year, Ticciati’s lithe, youthful accounts of the great works produced the trump card.’
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Fono Forum
5 Stars
,,Ticciati zeigt sich als Meister des fein akzentuierten Rhythmus und der subtilen Klangwirkungen, fördert interessante Nebenstimmen zutage, die man noch nie gehört zu haben meint, und differenziert herzerfrischend auf der artikulatorischen Ebene - freilich im Rahmen dessen, was die Partitur erlaubt. Brillant gespielt sind die vier Werke hier ohnehin.''
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Early Music Review
'The SCO - for decades now pioneers in modern instrument HIP - are big enough to create the presence required for such music, but also with an eye on the subtleties of the composer's orchestration.'
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Fanfare
'...one of the best-sounding Schumann cycles in years. No detail of these meticulously prepared, superbly executed performances escapes the attention of the Linn engineers...'
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The Arts Desk
'The Scottish Chamber Orchestra's playing is magnificent, and Linn's recorded sound is impeccable.'
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BBC Radio 3 'CD Review Building a Library'
'Robin Ticciati with the finely responsive Scottish Chamber Orchestra has more romantic instincts.'
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BBC Music Magazine
5 Stars
'Orchestral Choice': 'The Adagio of Symphony No. 2 is beautifully done, with a coda that really tugs at the heartstrings...the interpretations...will reward repeated hearing.'
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Sinfini Music
4 Stars
'Altogether an attractive, classily played collection.'
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Big Issue
'Ticciati finds wondrous detail in every bar of these scores, but the dynamism and spark that he and this orchestra create makes sure they never lose track of the overall picture. The SCO's playing is stylish, generous and brimming with life.'
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Classical CD Choice
'…these superb accounts from Robin Ticciati and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra certainly place them amongst the finest available thanks both to Ticciati’s vital conducting and the brilliantly immediate recorded sound. Altogether an impressive release.'
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The Sunday Times
Classical CD of the Week: 'Ticciati adopts near-ideal tempi, refusing to drag in the slow movements...and he is propulsive in Schumann's energetic, animated allegros.'
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Irish Times
4 Stars
'The sense of newness, of discovery, is at all times high.'
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Pizzicato
4 Stars
'...everything seems to be about motion in these particularly fine Schumann performances...'
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New York Times
'eminently respectable'
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MusicWeb International
'Recording of the Month': 'This new set from Robin Ticciati and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra elbows those two aside and takes its place towards the very top of the list of recommendations for these works, in this year or in any other.'
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International Record Review
'…the playing on these discs is a constant delight… Of very recent Schumann sets, Ticciati’s is the one I enjoyed the most…'
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Herald Scotland
'…Robin Ticciati's new recording with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra of Schumann's four symphonies hits the mark… The lightness and buoyancy that are so much a feature of these masterpieces can be heard right across the stunning, super-articulate SCO performances…'
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McAlister Matheson Music
'These are balanced, organic performances of great beauty. Unmissable!'
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The Times
4 Stars
'...performances that make you experience the symphonies' wonders afresh.'
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The Scotsman
4 Stars
'a compelling set'
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InfoDad.com
'Here [No. 4], though, Ticciati benefits enormously from the smaller size of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, managing to convey an impression of transparency along with solidity - and pacing the music with more care and attentiveness...The result is a very fine reading...'
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Classical Ear
'...Ticciati's expertly played excursions away from the norm [are] refreshing.'
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The Guardian
5 Stars
'...perhaps the most impressive thing that Ticciati has done on disc so far...hearing these symphonies in such superbly played, convincingly Schumannesque performances is irresistible.'
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SA-CD.net
5 Stars
'In short, these superb accounts from Robin Ticciati and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra certainly place them amongst the finest available thanks both to Ticciati's vital conducting and the brilliantly immediate recorded sound. Altogether an impressive release.'
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Classical Source
'Robin Ticciati joins the distinguished list of today's conductors treating Schumann's Symphonies with the respect they deserve. At times he includes a few personal notions but each of them throws light on the passage in question.'
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MusicWeb International
'Ticciati gives ajoyous an account of the Spring symphony...The finale on Linn, aided by some hearty thwacks with wooden drum-sticks, brings the house down.'
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Gramophone
'This is an extremely likeable and beautifully recorded traversal, worthy of standing alongside any of its recent competitors.'
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Herald Scotland
'...revelatory survey of Schumann's four symphonies...'
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Robin Ticciati & SCO - Schumann: Symphonies - Bay Area Reporter


24 December 2015
Bay Area Reporter
Tim Pfaff

2015's best in classical recordings

I hear MTT is kicking up a storm with the Schumann symphonies at Davies. After reading the entrails of complete sets by Nezet-Seguin and Rattle late last year, I was delighted by Robin Ticciati's, for Linn, last January. Ticciati is the best today at getting period-sensitive sonorities and playing out of a "regular" band, his Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and he followed up this noble yet buoyant Schumann set, simply the best I've heard, with a delectable set of Haydn D Major symphonies (31, 70 & 101) with SCO at year's end.


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