"...it’s all good fun, and the performances, by the only team in town likely familiar with the music, are vital, confident, and unapologetically gutsy. Jan Wagner wisely keeps things moving and lets the orchestra strut its stuff. A nice discovery, this."
"This disc features the first CD recording of Villa-Lobos's last ballet, "The Emperor Jones." Long thought to be lost, conductor Jan Wagner discovered the orchestral parts among costume boxes in the archives of the Jose Limon Institute...The Venezuelan conductor, Jan Wagner, leads a spectacular recording by the Odense Symphony Orchestra."
"...this performance from Odense is quite individual, rather too measured in the first ‘Promenade’ (and elsewhere) – maybe – but always interesting in that Jan Wagner eschews a flashy, showpiece approach to music (in Ravel’s version) that can all-too-easily be taken for granted...But Wagner also creates the sense that this is a related gallery, an occasion to step back and admire Victor Hartmann’s paintings with more time than we usually have, for Jan Wagner seems as concerned with the mechanics of the music as with the overall result."
International Record Review
"...This is claimed to be the first complete recording of 'Les animaux modèles'....[It] demands the attention of anyone seriously interested in Poulenc. Jan Wagner and the Odense Symphony Orchestra give the work a sympathetic performance..."
Music Web International
"...I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending this release, Volume 3 of Bridge’s Poul Ruders Edition, as the best possible introduction to his highly personal, strongly expressive and often beautiful music, the more so when served by such excellent performances and recording..."
Classical CD Review
"The Silverline Strauss DVD is a winner in every way...soprano Gitta-Maria Sjöberg—and the young Swedish soprano sings Four Last Songs magnificently. Her performance is one of the finest ever recorded...this recording is a major addition to the surround sound library."
Classical CD Review
"The gem of this well-filled CD is Gespräche mit dem Tod (Conversations with Dead), composed in 1916, ... Alto Susanne Resmark, aside from a few strained fortissimo high notes, is splendid. The Odense Symphony Orchestra under Jan Wagner is first-rate, as they were in their recent issue on Bridge of orchestral music of Villa-Lobos..."
The remarkable disc, emanating from the 1999 Danish Wave music festival in New York City (which also took in the Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition), contains some spectacular music making...Given a perfectly idiomatic accompaniment from Jan Wagner and the Odense Symphony Orchestra, the result is as fine a version of this work [Violin Concerto] as any.
Hans Christian Andersen and music is a large and colourful chapter in the history of Danish and international culture. Even early in Andersen's career Danish and soon also foreign composers vied with one another to set his poems to music and to work his tales into musicodramatic form. This CD presents three contemporary and very different musical readings of Andersen's classics. The shared focus of the composers is their fascination with Andersen's mastery of form and pithy narrative style.