Leos Janáček: Orchestral Works, Vol. 3 – Glagolitic Mass, Adagio for Orchestra, Our Father
BBC Music Magazine, Choral award nominee 2017
“A joyous celebration of life.” BBC Music Magazine. Recording of the Month, May 2016
CD featured on Record Review with Andrew McGregor, BBC Radio 3, 30 July 2016.
Sara Jakubiak, Susan Bickley, Stuart Skelton, Gábor Bretz, David Stewart, Johannes Wik, (harp), Thomas Trotter (organ) Karstein Askeland (organ), Bergen Philharmonic Choir, Choir of Collegium Musicium, Bergen Cathedral Choir, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Edward Gardner
CD Reviews ….
“When I interviewed Edward Gardner in 2014, he expressed regret that he’d not had the opportunity to conduct any Janáček while at the helm of ENO. Janáček was very much the preserve of Sir Charles Mackerras. This is the third volume in Chandos’s excellent series of orchestral works (an odd description given that the main items here are choral) including a crackling account of the Glagolitic Mass. The Bergen Philharmonic play splendidly and Chandos rewards them with a satisfying full sound. The Choir sing the Old Slavonic texts fervently. The disc contains some valuable makeweights … Stuart Skelton copes with the high tessitura of the tenor solos, the Bergen Cathedral Choir singing with warmth and sensitivity.” Gramophone, April 2016
“Sara Jakubiak’s metallic sounds cuts through the choral texture excitingly, and Stuart Skelton’s thrilling tenor has the heft one associates with the composer’s Laca, in Jenufa. Gardner is a Janacekian in the Mackerras tradition, getting vital contributions from his Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester forces.” The Sunday Times, CD of the Week, March 2016
“A joyous celebration of life. …. a dramtic performance of… Edward Gardner’s interpretation succeeds superbly. excellently recorded performance stands very high among recordings of the Mass.
More modest but still fascinating are the remaining items…”“ BBC Music Magazine. Recording of the Month, May 2016