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Dave Billinge
MusicWeb International, June 2013

The cast…display wonderful virtuosity and panache in the many arias and accompanied recitatives. Marlis Peterson is spectacularly good as the much-put-upon Angelica…Alexandrina Pendatchanska as Alcina, puts in an inspired piece of characterisation as well as virtuoso singing. Sunhae Im…sings the role of Eurilla…quite beautifully. No praise is too much for the Freiburger Barockorchester. They quite rightly have the highest of reputations for their playing under director Réne Jacobs on many other recordings…Here they show…[a] joyful…response to the comedy, lyricism and many dramatic effects of Haydn’s opera…

The sound and picture are absolutely top class. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Lawrence Devoe, April 2013

This 2009 Staatsoper Unter den Linden production, gives us the period ensemble, Freiburger Barockorchester, led by early music specialist Rene Jacobs. The cast is particularly strong and vocally appropriate.

Camera coverage of the stage and performers is fabulous, making what could have been a static “stand and deliver” performance into one that has heart and soul. Details and colors are excellent.

For those who love Haydn, this is your chance to see a rarely performed mid-career piece, seriously updated with a bunch of new era touches…the honesty of the vocal performances carries the day. I was delighted by the female voices in this production…I thought that the dramatic concepts mostly worked. We are not going to get another Orlando Paladino any time soon so this will be the recorded performance that will be the sole choice for opera fans…this Blu-ray Disc is…worth considering. © 2013 Read complete review

Stephen Smoliar, March 2013

HAYDN, J.: Orlando Paladino (Staatsoper unter den Linden, 2009) (NTSC) 2057788
HAYDN, J.: Orlando Paladino (Staatsoper unter den Linden, 2009) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) 2057784

The music was performed on period instruments by the Freiburger Barockorchester under the direction of René Jacobs. The stage direction was produced jointly by Nigel Lowery and Amir Hosseinpour.

Musically, Jacobs has once again produced a splendid performance of the spirit of eighteenth-century classicism. His chemistry with all of the singers is excellent, no matter how many things they have to be doing up on stage.

Dorati was certainly right to revive interest in the opera. This video of a Berlin production will do much to sustain that interest. © 2013 Read complete review

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