Russian National Orchestra

Press Acclaim

Acclaim for Yakov Kreizberg

"Kreizberg clearly feels that the emotional core of [Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5] is the Largo, but his approach is not at all heavy-handed. It is more of an elegiac lament characterized by transparent... string sonorities. The ending of the movement, with its remarkably blended harp-celesta notes, is stunning. [The] solo violin, harp, and celesta at the end of the [9th Symphony's] first movement are exquisite, and the harp solo just before the finale has never been more clearly realized. "

Fanfare (July 2007)

"Superbly played, Kreizberg's [Fifth Symphony] is yet the more integrated performance, as well as being less consciously 'classicizing' than Bernard Haitlink's and more involving in consequence... as the first choice for this coupling, Kreizberg's lucid performances will take some beating."

International Record Review (June 2007)

"Leading the Russian National Orchestra, Yakov Kreizberg offers an expressive and powerful vision of the Fifth Symphony. His lively, inspired conducting is a fitting homage to these indispensible works. A necessary recording. "

Opus haute définition (May 2007)

"There are any number of reasons to like this CD. Foremost among them, of course, is the impeccable beauty and accuracy of Julia Fischer’s playing.... It’s a beautiful performance, reinforced by Kreizberg’s sensitive accompaniment and a more beautiful-sounding wind section than I thought I’d ever hear in a Russian orchestra. Another reason to like this disc is PentaTone’s sonics... Highly recommended."

Fanfare magazine (April 2007)

"...a recital as notable for the sensitivity of its accompaniment as it is for the depth of thought in the solo line. Yakov Kreizberg pulls the orchestra to its feet and makes the players dance."

The Independent, London (April 2007)

"[The] heartfelt expression from the superb woodwinds and Fischer would be enough to melt anyone's aversion to Tchaikovsky. The care which Kreizberg moulds the opening is wonderful… The strings slink in and take over from the woodwind in a manner that Karajan would have approved of … really quite marvellous. The finale is, as one would expect from these musicians’ other recordings, tremendously exciting.... One feels as the final chord dies away, cheated that there is no roar of applause that there surely would have been had this been a concert performance - that it was not speaks volumes about the electricity that these artists generate."

SA-CD.net (February 2007)

"This has to be one of my favourite violin concerto discs - stuffed full of beautiful but highly contrasted music, presented with great panache and sensitivity from a young violinist, orchestra & conductor in wonderfully well balanced MCH sound. Right from the opening, Kriezburg and the RNO (a fabulous ensemble since inception) provide a vivid and colourful introduction to allow Julia Fischer to come and dance away with the main theme.... The playing bursts in and gleefully skips along which makes for a quite invigorating experience - I had to restrain my hand from pressing "repeat" on the remote control such is the pleasure that I experienced....Throughout, Kreizburg and the RNO appear to be of identical mind as Fischer and the RNO leaves me in no doubt of their stunning but selfless virtuosity.... A real joy - don't hesitate, I find it really hard to imagine this disc being bettered for a long time to come. "

SA-CD.net (December 2005)

"Nothing seems too difficult for [Fischer], with the finale of the [Khachaturian] concerto taking full notice of the vivace in the allegro vivace marking.... Fischer’s Prokofiev First is an athletic romp, rather like a 20th-century updating of Paganini. She mined the faster sections of the work for all the joyously wild lyricism they hold. [The Glazunov] showed off the strength and sweetness in her tone. ...She was ably partnered by Yakov Kreizberg, who led the Russian National Orchestra with splendid energy and an attention to detail. "

Fanfare (May 2005)

Editor's Choice
"A very generously filled CD with three appealing Russian violin concertos played by this month's 'One to watch', Julia Fischer. [The RNO] under Yakov Kreizberg accompany superbly and if, as the booklet implies, this CD was made in two days then the concentration level must have been immense!"

Gramophone (January 2005)

"The young and prodigiously gifted German violinist Julia Fischer makes her recording debut with this terrific disc of three Russian violin concertos... The Khachaturian, in which the world of Spartacus and the Sabre Dance never seems all that far away, is an irrepressibly exuberant piece, to which Fischer and the Russian National Orchestra under the dynamic baton of Yakov Kreizberg bring vibrant colour and buoyant rhythms. The Glazunov, inexplicably neglected these days, is one of his most winning works, innocent of the saccharine pallor that could sometimes afflict his music and here given with a flair that highlights its tender melodic lines and vitality. Neither concerto is shamed by being in the company of Prokofiev's more widely performed First Concerto, given in a performance that blends subtlety of colouring, haunting atmosphere and virtuoso flourish."

The Telegraph (November 2004)