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★★★★★ FINANCIAL TIMES He [John Nelson] has a live-wire grip on the score and gets detailed playing from his orchestra

★★★★★ THE TIMES Whether it’s the lower strings thumping out a baleful counterpoint to Cassandra’s warnings, the trilling woodwind scampering through Berlioz’s delicious genre dances, or the heavy brass depicting the flatulent bellows  of the ‘serpents monstrueux’, the Strasbourg Philharmonic sounds wonderfully engaged and idiomatic in a supportively resonant accoustic

★★★★★ GUARDIAN This is now unquestionably the version of Berlioz’s masterpiece to have at home

★★★★★ BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE John Nelson, however, claims to have conducted Les Troyens more often than anyone else, and his experience shows. … Nelson drives the drama with unforced tempos but ample theatrical vitality and grandeur

PRESTO CLASSICAL personally this is one of the triumphs of the year – if not the decade

SUNDAY TIMES CULTURE MAGAZINE Nelson‘s organic unfolding of the sensual “African forest” act is wondrously evocative, with superb playing.