Midwest Record

Even classical cats need a chance to be hipsters. NYOW is the oldest youth orchestra in existence and you have to look at them kind of like you look at college football—the players might always be changing but the right program can be run like a dynasty. This crew runs the dynasty side of the table. With a world premiere recording of the Mathias material and a world class reading on the Vaughan Williams “London Symphony”, this is simply a good recording that was made to tickle your ears. A perfect example of why it’s nice not to ignore non ‘marquee’ orchestras because the talent might astound you, this is well worth checking out for a well spent hour of prime classical listening.

—Chris Spector