OREGON SYMPHONY

Music For a Time Of War
Carlos Kalmar
PentaTone Classics
Hybrid SACD
2011

GRAMMY Nominations: Best Orchestral Performance

“Conductor Carlos Kalmar gets magnificent playing from his soloists and the Oregon Symphony, and Pentatone, via the SoundMirror team, outdoes itself in providing spacious, transparent, powerful sound.”
Kalman Rubinson, Stereophile

“PentaTone’s sound is terrific, courtesy of John Newton and Boston’s Soundmirror studio: vivid, highly detailed, and dynamic. Steven Kruger refers to the opening of Sinfonia da Requiem as ‘perhaps the most memorable timpani explosion in all of music’ and PentaTone gives us a sense of a hard mallet hitting a stretched drum skin hard as realistically as I’ve ever heard. The sound of massed strings playing softly, important in all four scores, is gorgeous, subtly textured without any trace of digital steeliness. Especially in surround, front-to-back layering is outstanding.”
Andrew Quint, The Absolute Sound

“The live recorded sound is exceptionally vibrant…This is a most impressive release, very warmly recommended.”
Nigel Simeone, International Record Review