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Reviews in: ARC Ensemble’s Paul Ben-Haim CD (Chandos)

Marie is a member of the twice-Grammy nominated ARC (Artists of the Royal Conservatory) Ensemble.  In June 2013, Chandos released an ARC Ensemble CD of chamber music works by Paul Ben-Haim.  Listen to the final movement of the disc on CBC Music.  Here are the reviews so far:

“The Clarinet Quintet (1941, rev 1965) melds a highly sophisticated musical design with more than a hint of klezmer-influenced improvisation. By then Ben-Haim was apparently happy that he had consolidated a ‘new style’, and the evidence quietly but firmly extends the language of the genre. Superb playing by the members of the ARC Ensemble, excellent soundand useful booklet-notes by Simon Wynberg.”
Rob Cowan, Gramophone Magazine
September 2013
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“…brilliant album of rarities…”
John Terauds,
June 24, 2013

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Norman Lebrecht Album of the Week
Norman Lebrecht,
June 24, 2013

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Fanfare Review
Jerry Dubins, Fanfare Magazine
“…wholly admirable…”
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Michael Round, International Record Review
July/August 2013

“Kudos to the ARC Ensemble…”
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Daniel Coombs,
July 10, 2013

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“…expertly played by members of the eight-strong ARC Ensemble.”

Fionna Maddocks, The Guardian
July 21, 2013

“The recording is finely balanced, matching these committed and illuminating performances.”
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Edward Bhesania, The Strad
August 28, 2013

“vibrant recording, thrillingly performed”
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Rick Shultz,
September 6, 2013

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 Chamber Music by Paul Ben-Haim
Piano Quartet, Op 4
Benjamin Bowman, Steven Dann, Bryan Epperson, David Louie
Two Landscapes, Op 27
Steven Dann, Dianne Werner
Canzonetta, Op 34 No 4
Dianne Werner
Improvisation and Dance, Op 30
Erika Raum, Dianne Werner
Clarinet Quintet, Op 31a
Joaquin Valdepeñas, Marie Bérard, Erika Raum, Steven Dann, Bryan Epperson