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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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'Robin Ticciati manages to give Fauré the clarity, moderation, serenity and extreme subtlety that define his style...'
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CD-Tipp: 'Robin Ticciati und das Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin sprechen diese Sprache mit einer großen Natürlichkeit...'
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'This marks the first release with Robin Ticciati leading the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, and it makes the requisite splash...a fine French program for all.'
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'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
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'Ticciati presents [La Mer] as a kaleidoscope of magnificently sounding, meticulously visualized moments...'
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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
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Spiegel
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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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CD-Tipp: 'Magdalena Kožená is the ideal interpreter for this charming song cycle...'
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'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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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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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 - Politiken


20 November 2017
Politiken
Thomas Michelsen

...Sjovt nok kan man også fange Kozena i kombination med Debussy på et andet nyt album, hvor dirigenten også er britisk, og hvor resultatet også er til fem jublende hjerter. Her er det dog ikke Debussys arbejde med Pelléas-stoffet, men en anden elegant franskmands, nemlig Gabriel Fauré, det drejer sig om. Med en sømløs overgang fra de støvede strygerklange i Faurés ukendte ’Præludium til Pénélope’ overraskes man af den svulmende romantiske gestus i orkesterarrangementer, der først for alvor rammer øret med genkendelsesfryd, når man når til den berømte ’Sicilienne’.

Magdalena Kozena kommer på banen, da Robin Ticciati og hans tyske orkester, som han har overtaget ledelsen af netop i denne sæson, bladrer frem og når til Debussys ’Ariettes oubliées’ eller ’Små glemte sange’.

HER ER DEN tjekkiske mezzos stemme perfekt placeret mellem ekstase og mystik. Det kendte digt om tårerne, der falder i digterens hjerte, som regnen falder over byen, er en del af en samling, der hos Paul Verlaine også får »Green« til at rime på »Spleen«. Man genkender den drømmende nervøse stemning fra operaen, mens man beundrer de tyske musikere om muligt endnu mere end kollegaerne fra London. Og så får man albummets hovedærinde præsenteret, så underkæben falder ned: En indspilning af noget af det, man vitterlig kan sætte etiketten ’impressionisme’ på i Debussys revolutionerende oeuvre. Det symfoniske digt ’La mer’.

Det lykkes forrygende godt under Ticciatis taktstok. Tusinde detaljer glimter og brister som bobler. Det er simpelthen suverænt. Voldsomt, præcist og imponerende i kulminationerne, der lader havet vise tænder med skummende bølgetoppe og minder om, at kun en tåbe ikke frygter det. 34-årige Robin Ticciati er langtfra nogen tåbe. Tværtimod er han en af sin generations nye topdirigenter. Til lykke med ham i Berlin.


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