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Mortelmans: Homeric Symphony, etc / Martyn Brabbins, Royal Flemish Philharmonic

Notes & Reviews:

”Transparent textures, beauty of phrasing, and good balance between sections are features I regularly associate with Brabbins conducting. That’s certainly the case here as well, and I don’t recall the Royal Flemish Philharmonic ever sounding this polished on recordingswe’re not likely to encounter another recording of it any time soon, much less one of such orchestral suavity. Recommended.”-Fanfare

'Mortlemans' scoring is full of colour and drama ... The music is vividly compelling ... Throughout the progamme, the richness of the orchestration readily holds the listener's attention, especially in such responsive performances from the Royal Flemish Philharmonic under the highly sympathetic Martyn Brabbins, well projected by a splendidly spacious Hyperion recording' (Gramophone)

'Lush, melodic and romantic ... The excellent Martyn Brabbins and the Royal Flemish Philharmonic have resurrrected the Wagnerian-Straussian tone poems ... As for the grand, rhapsodic 'Homeric' Symphony, it's epic' (The Observer)

'This is a fine orchestra, capable of silky smooth string playing where necessary, and excellent in all departments. Brabbins steers a clear path avoiding the mundane on the one hand, and the over-egged romantic hysteria on the other, and his orchestra, from the end result, seem to me to have enjoyed the music making hugely. These are no idle run-throughs - ensemble is tight, dynamics are carefully graded and the result is some intense music-making... This release is the first of a series, further issues in which I look forward to immensely' (Audiophile Audition, USA)

'If all three works pay tribute to Wagner in terms of musical landscape, they still have a voice of their own - and a pleasingly sonorous voice at that' (Scotland on Sunday)

'If you have a warm place in your heart for Glazunov then this new name should be right up your street. This to me completely unfamiliar music is presented with real style by Hyperion, by Brabbins and his orchestra and by the liner-note writer Tom Janssens' (MusicWeb.com)


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