ClassicalNet Tabs New Bizet Release as “Outstanding”

Brian Wigman of has a new review for our San Francisco Ballet Orchestra Bizet release, and notes that it, “may surprise you.”

“The symphony may surprise you. West treats it with a much more balletic touch than usual, leading to a more measured approach that allows each orchestral voice to sing … Perhaps the best thing about this particular take is that West brings a welcome sense of contrast to each movement, and a great sense of conviction.

“I've already mentioned how nice it is to have unique fillers on a Bizet disc, but I don't suppose it would matter if the performances weren't so excellent. … The San Francisco Ballet Orchestra lives up to its billing with the lovely playing that we've frankly come to expect, and you can practically see dancers as the music unfolds. The sound quality is beautiful as usual, and adds tremendous impact to already great playing and conducting. … It's a virtuoso showcase arranged by an important figure in music, and thus is important to not only this project, but to our understanding of the composer generally. Outstanding, yet again.” —Brian Wigman, ClassicalNet

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