"It goes without saying that the performance of Riga Chamber Players guarantees genuine artistic quality, and even more so it is devoid of rusty, dispassionate routine of professionals. The orchestra and its artistic director Normunds Sne lends new brilliance to the values of classical music."

Ingrida Zemzare, Diena

"I do believe that Normunds Sne is a conductor endowed with a particular gift."

Mstislav Rostropovich, Diena, 14.03.1996

"The interpretation of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony did not lack either ardour or creative tension. The presence of style had a special appeal."


"...all this gave the concert an air of significance as it always happens whenever the conductor is Normunds Sne. His well-known rationalism is not so impassive after all and the internal life of music in Haydn's Symphony No.101 is intensive in its beat."

Imants Zemzaris, Literatura.Maksla.Mes.

"Only a few of the symphonic recitals in Riga could be defined as An Event. Beethoven's Third Symphony performed by Riga Chamber Players and Normunds Sne turned out to be a master class in music. It can be definitely ascertained that a better Beethoven had never been heard by any audience of Riga."

Inese Lusina, Diena

"...then came the sea change. Back on stage, the players found their heart and soul with Vasks' Musica Dolorosa. This was a work they have in their bones, and you could feel the tension and temperature rise as the strings' haunting and sorrowful gestures shifted and coalesced. Maskats' Concerto Grosso Sne' forces set to with fire and lustre. We should hear these players again."

Geoff Brown, The Times, 10.09.1999

"Rypdal's voice is an individual one and he has much to say; he is, in addition, a superb orchestrator, and the Riga Festival Orchestra, whose clear, sharp sound is caught to perfection, does his music full justice. An extraordinary disc."

Ivan Moody, International Record Review