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‘Solistenensemble diesen Kosmos an Klang und Stimmungen mit Kammermusik-Mitteln erforscht, zeugt von Selbstbewusstsein. Bitte mehr Experimente dieser Art, Mr. Pinnock!’
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Toronto Star
‘Here is a stunning example of less being infinitely more.’
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Audiophile Norway
'An incredibly great recording…I can hardly wait for the next.’
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‘The recording is warm and clear…I’ve certainly enjoyed it.’
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‘Les musiciens sont de premier ordre: la Royal Academy of Music Soloists est dirigée par une main de maître et avec tout le savoir-faire de Trevor Pinnock. Un plaisir assuré!’
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'Drawing-room Mahler brings new sounds and insights.'
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MusicWeb International
‘Overall however this is a performance to treasure, crowned by a delightfully natural account of the soprano solo in the last movement by Sónia Grané.’
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Infodad
'Sensitively scaled arrangement brings forth elements of Mahler that are always there but that tend to disappear beneath the excellence of his orchestrations.'
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‘Performances here are superb as is the audio.’
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'The introduction of the soprano soloist (Sónia Grané here) for the final movement becomes utterly natural, and creates all kinds of unexpected connections, not only with Mahler's own songs but with Schoenberg's works, too. A satisfying, thought-provoking disc.'
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The Herald Scotland
'Simply, this is one of the most beautiful and revealing discs I have heard in years. I am completely hooked.'
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'... something remarkable and completely extraordinary...'
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'Both capture a simplicity of timbre and colouring that goes to the essence of the music...'
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'Don't dismiss this stripped-down version of Mahler's symphony, says Philip Clark. Trevor Pinnock and his players have uncovered a gem from the Viennese musical underworld.'
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'Under Pinnock, the Royal Academy of Music's Chamber Ensemble bring to the surface the lithe counterpoint that usually lumbers under thicker string textures, while soprano Sonia Grane succeeds admirably in illuminating the piece's inner folksong.'
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'The stripped-back orchestration of both pieces offer the listener a fresh perspective on these popular works.'
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Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble & Trevor Pinnock - Mahler: Symphonie No. 2 - Hi-Fi News


01 December 2013
Hi-Fi News
Christopher Breunig

These are chamber music reductions prepared by Schoenberg pupils for a private music performance society in Vienna. The Mahler (arranged by Erwin Stein) has 14 players, with piano and harmonium prominent...the performances (recorded at St George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol) are just enjoyable in their own right. Highlights are the flute playing of Mi Re Seo in the Debussy and soprano Sónia Grané in the Mahler finale. And of course it is interesting to hear Trevor Pinnock, whom we associate with much earlier composers, directing Mahler.
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