“…there’s a thrilling intensity here, a powerful sense of common purpose, that one hears only in the best ensembles… It’s a mark of this conductor’s skill that he captures the distinct character of each movement… Charismatic performances, full of spike and spark; an ensemble to watch.”


“…The re:orchestra under conductor Roberto Beltrán-Zavala gives careful, tense performances that modulate beautifully between wiry and lush, in the vein of Barshai’s own recordings, and the musicians make an excellent case for these versions…”


“…Selten wird verständiger und virtuoser musiziert…Roberto Beltrán-Zavala bewährt sich als unfehlbarer Kapellmeister…Was die Kammersinfonien anbelangt – man braucht nicht zu grübeln, welcher Duktus Schostakowitsch angemessen, wie schmerzliche und sentimentale Töne abzumischen seien. Wer musiziert wie re:orchestra ist im Recht…”


“…Barshai himself recorded this particular coupling with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe (COE) in the 1990s (DG), setting an incredibly high standard, but the Rotterdam-based Re:Orchestra is almost as good. Its players are technically top of the tree, with solid solo work from the principals and Beltrán-Zavala’s readings have an engaging passion. 


“…Das in Rotterdam stationierte Re:Orchestra bietet einen insgesamt sonoren, warmherzigen Klangvoller dichter Farben und anheimelnder Emotionalität, dazu auf hohem technischem Niveau und in guter Klangbalance.”


“… crisp, buoyant and nicely nuanced…”


“…een hechte en doorzichtige, maar ook warme ensembleklank, met een vlekkeloze intonatie, scherp afgebakende contouren, fraai gefraseerd, met vloeiende tempi en een stevige ritmische puls, zowel in de snelle als in de langzame delen.”


Essential Music – Shostakovich can be purchased worldwide via primephonic and e-classical (high definition download), bol.com (Benelux) and Amazon (USA, Canada and Mexico).

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Essential Music on BIS Records

The re: orchestra signs with BIS records for the release of essential music-Shostakovich. With the debut album  “Essential Music-Shostakovich”, Roberto Beltrán Zavala and the re: orchestra of Rotterdam join the ranks of some of the finest classical artists such as Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Valery Gergiev, Martin Fröst, and world class orchestras such as The Royal Philharmonic, the […]

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