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Reviews

Melba’s reviews tell a story – the delight with which our artists and repertoire have been embraced internationally.

Reviews

Pure Diva
01/08/2011 The Classical Review (UK) "Pure Diva is described as a “very personal tribute,” ... “that feels as if it’s been a long time coming.” More...
Rakhmaninov
19/07/2011 Turok’s Choice (US) "Howard has the technique and understanding to play these works brilliantly. The disc is recommended" More...
Rakhmaninov
18/07/2011 Otago Daily Times (New Zealand) “Another outstanding release … a treat for all Rachmaninov and piano music lovers. Highlight: Sonata's original splendour.” More...
Rakhmaninov
10/07/2011 The Herald (Scotland) "Leslie Howard is a colossus among concert pianists...the most authoritative interpretations and performances I’ve heard in many a year." More...
Rakhmaninov
07/07/2011 Northern Echo (UK) “Expressive playing from an authority on Russian music. Stimulating listening.” More...
Rakhmaninov
03/07/2011 Sunday Herald Sun (Australia) "...leaves the listener spellbound." More...
Stravinsky: Diversions
01/07/2011 American Record Guide (US) " ... it is by far the best performance I have ever heard of the piece and one of the best on this program". More...
Rakhmaninov
01/07/2011 Readings Monthly (Australia) "Amazing solo piano recording from one of the world’s most respected pianists performing today, Leslie Howard." More...
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01/07/2011 Fine Music Magazine (Australia) “Best of all, the performances are excellent, with Chen and Young engaging in vivid musical storytelling and youthful joy.” More...
Stravinsky: Diversions
01/07/2011 Gramophone (UK) "An excellent, truthful recording balance, good notes and handsome packaging make this disc irresistible" More...
Rakhmaninov
15/06/2011 Audiophilia (Canada) "...another compelling release from this consistently innovative label...." More...
Rakhmaninov
11/06/2011 Music & Vision (UK) "[Leslie Howard] brings to these recordings an authoritative understanding of Czarist, Communist and exile Russian society and its music..." More...
Volupté
01/06/2011 Readings Monthly (Australia) "Violist Roger Benedict and pianist Timothy Young ...play with great conviction and musical understanding. This CD is a real delight." More...
Stravinsky: Diversions
17/05/2011 Audiophilia (Canada) "... This remarkable disc is essential listening, no doubt heralding the emergence of a major new talent". More...
Stravinsky: Diversions
13/05/2011 Yorkshire Post (UK) “...impressive technical facility...strong personality...mobile wit...a fine enterprise” More...
Shostakovich: Symphony No 10
01/05/2011 Fanfare (US) "Don’t let the fact that there is a 'Youth Orchestra' involved here put you off. This is a first-rate performance ...” More...
Stravinsky: Diversions
01/05/2011 The Australian (Australia) “These are extraordinarily compelling and musically very satisfying reinterpretations of Stravinsky's music” More...
Stravinsky: Diversions
01/04/2011 Limelight Magazine (Australia) “Timothy Young’s accompaniment is sensitively varied ...Chen emerges triumphant in pathos” More...
Stravinsky: Diversions
01/04/2011 Music Web International (UK) "An outstandingly well played and well recorded recital of enjoyable pieces. Another winner from Melba" More...
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01/04/2011 BBC Music Magazine (UK) "...a virtuoso display ...violin playing of the highest order ... always time for the music to unfold, even at speed." More...