&ldquoAs Alsop faced the cellos and drew from them the most tremendously shaped phrases with every inflection of her baton, you were aware of being in the presence of greatness.&rdquo
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Copland: Dance Symphony

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Naxos 8.559359
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The moods of these early Copland works are brilliantly captured by Marin Alsop and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

GEOFFREY NORRIS, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH (UK), TEN BEST CLASSICAL CDS

20th December 2008

[Symphony Number 1] it’s that relatively unfamiliar work for which Alsop makes the most persuasive case here…the interest in the 1933 Short Symphony (also known as Symphony No 2) is predominantly rhythmic, with intricacies that inhibited early performances but that Alsop and the BSO take in their stride.

ANDREW CLARK, THE FINANCIAL TIMES (UK)

31st October 2008

Under Marin Alsop’s incisive direction, the Bournemouth musicians perform all three works with just the right blend of power and finesse, and negotiate their sometimes extremely complex rhythms with confidence and precision…This disc knocks spots off that limited competition, and surely ranks as one of the crowning achievements of Alsop’s six immensely successful years on the south coast.

ANTHONY BURTON, BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE

November 2008

Alsop’s vision is a real vindication of the rewrite [of Symphony No.1], with the Bournemouth players’ sinuous woodwind, biting brass and lush strings doing incomparable service for the absent organ through a kaleidoscopic range of colours. The orchestra is at its most incisive in the Prokofiev-like motoric rhythms of the scherzo – one of Copland’s most captivating movements – but the whole performance is superbly judged… The brilliantly captured moods of the Dance Symphony, derived from an early ballet score, round off a revelatory and richly recorded disc.

MATTHEW RYE, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH (UK)

25th October 2008

Alsop’s performance leaves nothing to be desired and the sound clarifies the large orchestral palette…this is an album of unfamiliar but wonderful Copland, superbly performed and recorded. Don’t miss it!

ROBERT MOON, AUDIOPHILE AUDITION

5th January 2009