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Concertos - Released November 5, 2013 | Chandos

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - Gramophone Editor's Choice - 4 étoiles de Classica
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Classical - Released January 1, 2013 | Chandos

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Chamber Music - Released January 1, 2013 | Chandos

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - 4 étoiles de Classica - Hi-Res Audio
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Chamber Music - Released November 6, 2012 | Chandos

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 4 étoiles de Classica - Hi-Res Audio
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Violin Concertos - Released November 16, 2010 | Chandos

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - Hi-Res Audio
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Chamber Music - Released September 28, 2010 | Chandos

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Chamber Music - Released October 27, 2009 | Chandos

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Violin Concertos - Released July 28, 2009 | Chandos

Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or
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Chamber Music - Released June 30, 2009 | Chandos

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Chamber Music - Released March 31, 2009 | Chandos

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Petite École de la mélodie, a little known work for violin and piano by composer Jean Baptiste Charles Dancla, is the headlining piece on this Chandos album. While it is the world-premiere recording of the Petite École, and new works are always a welcome asset, Dancla's 12 etude-like shorts may not be worthy of great esteem. Yes, they are certainly all melodic as the title would suggest, but they offer little in the way of substance or backbone. After 12 tracks, the whole experience becomes one of relative banality. For his part, violinist Guido Rimonda offers a technically proficient reading of the work, but his interpretation tends to lean toward the syrupy sweet. The same could be said for his performance of the album's core piece: Saint-Saëns Violin Sonata No. 1 in D minor. Despite the clear first movement character marking of Allegro agitato, Rimonda's playing is rather soft around the edges with insufficient rhythmic dynamism. By the treacherous Finale, a perpetual motion, Rimonda livens things up a bit, but by this time it's too little, too late. The album ends with a technically flawless but musically overwrought performance of Massenet's Meditation from his opera Thaïs.
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Chamber Music - Released October 28, 2008 | Chandos

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Symphonic Music - Released January 1, 2008 | Chandos

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Though nothing else on Gypsy's debut album came quite up to the standard of the opening number, the whole album is enjoyable for connoisseurs of jazzy progressive rock. That opening number, "Gypsy Queen," was the band's musical and commercial highlight, an organ-driven and harmony-laden blast of great progressive pop. Elsewhere on this album, the band blends Santana-like guitar and organ riffs with vocals and arrangements reminiscent of early Chicago in their better moments. Much of this is first-rate, and if "Gypsy Queen" weren't on this album, cuts like "The Vision" or "Standing in My Loneliness" would still make it worth having. The ensemble work is so impressive that it's hard to single out a particular player for praise, though James "Owl" Walsh's keyboard playing is particularly inventive. In retrospect, it's hard to believe that this debut didn't make a bigger splash when it was first released. Gypsy's work has held up very well compared to most albums from this era, and is still a delightful listen. ~ Richard Foss
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Classical - Released June 1, 2007 | Chandos

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Symphonic Music - Released March 1, 2007 | Chandos

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - 10 de Classica-Répertoire - Hi-Res Audio
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Chamber Music - Released February 1, 2006 | Chandos

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Concertos - Released January 1, 2005 | Chandos

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Chamber Music - Released September 1, 2004 | Chandos

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Chamber Music - Released May 1, 2003 | Chandos

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Symphonic Music - Released February 1, 2002 | Chandos