Congratulations to Robin Ticciati and the SCO for their newly released and critically acclaimed recording of Berlioz Les nuits d’été, including extracts of Roméo et Juliette and La mort de Cléopâtre on Linn Records.
'Berlioz has been a feature of Robin Ticciati's programmes since he took over as the Scottish Chamber Orchestra's principal conductor three seasons ago. A series of recordings for Linn has followed in the wake of the concerts – the first release was an impressive performance of the Symphonie Fantastique, and the latest is, if anything, even better.' ***** Andrew Clements, The Guardian, Friday 3 May 2013.
Released a few weeks ago, this latest collaboration between Robin Ticciati, the SCO and Linn Records appears in the June edition of Gramophone Magazine as CD of the month.
Geoffrey Norris writes: 'One of the striking facets of Ticciati’s conducting and the SCO’s playing in Les nuits d’été is the clarity and detail that spring from the score. This is not effected in any obtrusive, mannered way but rather it is an indication of Ticciati’s insight into Berlioz’s subtle touches of colour and textural variety.'
'Ticciati can coax a bleached, almost vibrato-less sound at moments of despair or introspection in ‘Au cimetière’ and ‘Sur les lagunes’; the woodwind can take on an ominous darkness; but equally the sonority can blossom and burgeon in the final song, ‘L’île inconnue’. And in between these two parameters the refined, natural calibration of dynamics and the supple weaving of the orchestral fabric are an absolute joy.'
For the full article please see the June 2013 edition of Gramophone Magazine, p 54.