The September issue of BBC Music Magazine features a fantastic look at Janáček’s Sinfonietta from Terry Williams and includes a list of his Best Recording of the work for the “Building A Library” series, in it is Reference Recordings’ very own recording from José Serebrier and the Czech State Philharmonic, Brno. This is actually the second work from this recording to land on BBC Music Magazine’s “Build A Library” series as the album was also included in their list of best recordings of Taras Bulba in 2017.
“If you crave sonic splendour, ignore José Serebrier’s superb recordings of Janáček’s orchestral works at your peril. The Uruguayan-born conductor, a one-time assistant to Leopold Stokowski, certainly knows a thing or two about orchestral colour and, at the helm of the Czech State Philharmonic Orchestra Brno, he delivers a Sinfonietta which is as exhilarating as any. The spectacular 2001 sound quality, meanwhile, is another feather in the cap of Reference Recordings’ peerless engineer Keith O Johnson. Janáček-loving audiophiles are in for a real treat here.”—Terry Williams, BBC Music Magazine