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Herald Scotland
'...the orchestra brings fresh style and insight...a real ear-opener...The sound engineers at Linn capture every shimmering hue.'
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Infodad
'...very impressive indeed.'
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Limelight
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‘Robin Ticciati achieves exactly the right lightness, the delicacy, in a song cycle which should ideally delight as much as it moves. He’s well matched by mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill…Best of all is L’île inconnue; Cargill’s “Où voulez-vous aller?” is impossible to resist.’
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SA-CD.net
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'One does not need to have heard this work before (or to understand French) to appreciate the stopping of the beating heart rhythm to know what this symbolises.'
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'...piercing clarity of colour and texture; heightened drama; increased tenderness and intimacy.'
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AllMusic.com
'...this is one of the best recordings of Les nuits d'été available.'
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Robin Ticciati - Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Berlioz: Les nuits d'ete - MusicWeb International


12 August 2013
MusicWeb International

...it's not just the availability of SACD or 24-bit sound or the all-Berlioz coupling that makes me recommend Karen Cargill on the new Linn CD. Listening late on a hot July evening I was completely entranced...Linn's prices range from £8.00 (mp3) to £18 (24/96 or 24/192), all with booklet. I tried the mp3 and 24/96 versions and both sound excellent.
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