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BBC Music Magazine “Music to my Ears”
'Conductor Robin Ticciati's recording of Debussy's La mer and Fauré’s Pelléas et Mélisande is constantly on my CD player.'
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Scherzo
'Robin Ticciati manages to give Fauré the clarity, moderation, serenity and extreme subtlety that define his style...'
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SWR2
CD-Tipp: 'Robin Ticciati und das Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin sprechen diese Sprache mit einer großen Natürlichkeit...'
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MusicWeb International
'La Mer...has both refinement, as shown by his meticulous observance of the many small details in the score, and also power.'
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HiFi & Records Magazine
'First and foremost, the album provides a welcome contribution to the repertoire.'
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Hi-Fi News
4½ Stars
Sound Quality: 85%: 'Debussy's six Verlaine settings...displays Kožená's fine musicianship...'
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Fono Forum
4½ Stars
'Ticciati presents [La Mer] as a kaleidoscope of magnificently sounding, meticulously visualized moments...'
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Politiken
5/6: 'It's simply outstanding. Robin Ticciati is one of his generation's top conductors.'
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The Arts Desk
‘I was won over within seconds…Ticciati’s La Mer is outstanding. The orchestral playing is superb…’
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Pizzicato
4 Stars
'With an interesting coupling and good performances, Robin Ticciati’s first recording with his Deutsches Symphonieorchester Berlin is attractive. Magdalena Kozena is a convincing performer in Brett Dean’s very good orchestration of Debussy’s Ariettes oubliées.'
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La Libre Belgique
'Robin Ticciati brings...a very personal balance between form and color.'
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Spiegel
'Robin Ticciati is astonishing with an abundant palette of colors, supple strings and a hypnotic flow that has everything you could desire in a Debussy interpretation.'
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RBB Kulturradio
4 Stars
CD-Tipp: 'Splendid glitzernde Farbfluten von deliziöser Feinheit, sogar eine ganze Sprinkleranlage klanglicher Differenzierung nimmt bei dieser CD für sich ein.'
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BR Klassik
CD-Tipp: 'Magdalena Kožená is the ideal interpreter for this charming song cycle...'
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BBC Music Magazine
4 Stars
'The Debussy songs have been orchestrated by Brett Dean, whose technicolor sonic imagination brings these elusive settings into vivid focus...The result is beguiling interpretations, performed with controlled intensity.'
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Gramophone
'It suits Ticciati’s considered way with Debussy uncommonly well. Everything is beautifully balanced and clear. Shifts in colour and texture are carefully teased out...'
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Taz
'Ticciati...gives a clear picture of the individual lines, without losing sight of the immense power of the water.'
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MusicWeb International
Recording of the Month: '...this quite outstanding album of Fauré and Debussy works certainly whets the appetite for future releases from Robin Ticciati with the DSO Berlin.'
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Crescendo
'Ce disque est une carte de visite qui montre l’ambition du jeune chef à renouveler le répertoire et la visibilité de son orchestre.'
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Klassiek Centraal
4 Stars
'A blissful recording to listen to in the long autumn evenings.'
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The Guardian
4 Stars
'Fauré’s Prelude to Penelope surges and sweeps, Debussy’s Pelléas and Mélisande suite has a rich, sombre beauty and La Mer sounds robust, brooding and vast.'
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Musiq’3 Radio ‘Le Moment Musical’
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CD Choice
'And the performances are as nonpareil as ever — as with this intriguing coupling. The rarity here is the orchestration by Brett Dean of Debussy’s songs Ariettes oubliées, sensitively sung by Magdalena Kozena and which in this new iteration add an intriguing new piece to the recorded repertoire of the French composer.'
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Robin Ticciati & DSO - Debussy & Faure - All Music


09 January 2018
All Music
James Manheim
4 Stars

This marks the first release with Robin Ticciati leading the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, and it makes the requisite splash. There's a world premiere: even if you're not on board with the trend of enlarging the repertory through arrangements of works that are perfectly good in their original form, you will likely be seduced by mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozená's ravishing reading of Debussy's voice-and-piano Ariettes oubliées, inventively arranged by Brett Dean. There's a little-known work: the opening one, Fauré's Prelude to Pénélope (a sparsely performed opera, with a slightly less sparsely performed prelude) is a lush and beautifully controlled arc. Controlled and detailed are two words that come to mind for Ticciati's interpretation of La mer, the warhorse work on the program; it may seem a bit deliberate, but there are many hues in his performance. The two Debussy works are balanced by two of Fauré's: the fourth work is the suite from Fauré's incidental music to Pélleas et Mélisande (in Charles Koechlin's version), also deliberate and lush. Linn recorded the performance in Berlin's Jesus Christus Kirche, which allows the full spectrum of orchestral colors to come through. Worth the money for Kozená fans for her turn alone, and a fine French program for all.
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