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RBB Kultur Radio
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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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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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Bay Area Reporter
2015's best in classical recordings: 'Simply the best I've heard.'
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Audiophilia
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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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The Guardian
4 Stars
Live Review: ‘exhilarating Haydn’
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The Telegraph
4 Stars
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The Telegraph
4 Stars
Live Review: 'highly convincing'
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The Guardian
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Robin Ticciati & SCO - Haydn: Symphonies 31, 70 & 101 - Huffington Post


11 May 2016
Huffington Post
Laurence Vittes

Classical Music on Vinyl - Like Sex For the First Time

New classical vinyl pressed from pre-digital, analogue recordings may be fighting a losing battle. Sales are not spectacular - non-classical vinyl has caught on big in an entirely different, not just for audiophiles, hands-on way. But the thrill of hearing a new LP for the first time is still there. And they do link the major companies to a time when the recording art was at its best. Which is a good thing, because even though music on any medium is about sex, on vinyl it was always about sex for the first time.

If you fancy the experience, there's still lots of vinyl from the good old days available at shops like Record Surplus in West LA and the internet. There are three possible issues with both used and mint LPs.

1. If they were well-maintained and played only once a day, an urban myth has it that vinyl can last for 99 years.

2. Major markets had their own mastering characteristics; US designed to sound good on highly-colored acoustic reflex speakers, UK on BBC 3/5A and Quad electrostatic models.

3. Pressing quality. English was the best, French (until the late 1970s) was the worst.

If you have the bread, brand new vinyl in the form of heavyweight 180g pressings by Europe's finest plants of analogue and early digital recordings, can sound awesome and are priced accordingly. They are not immune to surface noise so buy from a reputable dealer. If you want to be zen about it, follow the advice of legendary Sonic Arts producer Leo Kulke who played new vinyls once "to knock off the edges" and then cleaned them on a professional vinyl cleaning machine.

Haydn Symphony No. 101 - Scottish Chamber Orchestra conducted Robin Ticciati - Linn 45rpm Supercut, 180g Vinyl

If your turntable can run at 45 rpm, 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 in his head, and the recording venue, Usher Hall in Edinburgh, sounds magnificent.

To fully enjoy this remarkable new release and its near analogue-quality sound, you will need the companion Linn CD which not only adds similarly-life enhancing, audiophile performances of Haydn's Hornsignal and 70th symphonies plus extensive, absorbing, provocative liner notes by Richard Taruskin, John Humphries and Martin Ennis (the LP includes only the latter).

 


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