Marin Alsop leads a vigorous new recording of John Adams’s Nixon in China that affirms the opera’s status as a modern classic. This new recording is a testament to Nixon’s enduring status in the canon. Conductor Marin Alsop’s approach — vigorous and transparent — is apparent right out of the gate, as the pulsing A-minor scales begin their cyclical variations…Alsop makes the Colorado Symphony Orchestra sound like a force to be reckoned
Andrew Clark, Financial Times (UK)
In this collection of orchestral works Marin Alsop proves once again that she is one of the leading conductors in the world. She leads the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra here with clarity and precision, gaining from them a taut sense of rhythm and ensemble, and ravishing string colors. Highly recommended on all fronts.
Marin Alsop and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra bring their six-disc survey of Samuel Barber’s complete orchestral works to a thrilling close with idiomatic performances of the sparky Capricorn Concerto and a handful of brilliant miniatures.
Under certain circumstances the partnership between American conductor Marin Alsop and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra can be electric. It’s happened again with this latest in Naxos’s ongoing survey of Samuel Barber.
KENNETH WALTON, SCOTSMAN.COM
These are fine performances. Alsop is especially good in the First Symphony, where her wisely chosen tempos and her restraint in the opening movement allow the music to build in a natural, unforced manner.
RICHARD BURKE, FANFARE
Lyricism and obsessive patterns are finely realised by the RSNO, while conductor Marin Alsop shows a keen sensitivity to both scores and balances their rhetoric with the clean-edged clarity of their textures.
BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE
Marin Alsop’s continuing Samuel Barber series for Naxos is exceptionally well planned. The standards of performance here are at least as high as on previous issues.
ANTHONY BARTON, BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE
Alsop has a special sympathy for Barber and—thanks to her—all his orchestral music now available at Naxos prices.
GRAMOPHONE EDITOR'S CHOICE
Alsop brings out all the creeping horror of Bartók’s score in this superlative live performance. The singing is dramatic and committed, the balancing excellent. 5 Stars.
Warwick Thompson, Classic FM Magazine (UK)
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s admirable recordings with music director Alsop on the Naxos label have so far included a vibrant cycle of Dvorák symphonies and a sensational, Grammy-nominated account of Bernstein’s “Mass.” Now comes a burst of Bartók.