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Mike V. Ashman
International Record Review, April 2002

"Abbado's Wozzeck is as keenly communicated as his Mahler and Strauss, a high playing standard impeccably balanced and paced... The sound on the disc - clear, full-toned, not especially full n the bass- seems an accurate reflection of Abbado's work."



Michael Scott Rohan
Gramophone, April 2002

"Abbado recognises the late Romantic lyricism that unifies the score, but emphasises translucent textures rather than Teutonic density, while still unleashing Barg's nascent Expressionist snarls with vividly theatrical force. The singers, too, treat the vocal line with greater respect than was once the norm, especially Grundheber's memorable Wozzeck. Less rich than some, he makes more of the actual words... Behrens sings Marie's anguished, tender lines with intense beauty and keen characterisation, suggesting a sluttishness almost sanctified by her capacity for love... Adolf Dresen... here creates a quite effective world whose derelict interiors and expansively desolate marshlands reflect its alienation of human feeling."





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