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Paul Pelkonen
Superconductor, December 2011

this is a compelling performance of the score, robustly conducted. Lance Ryan is a strong vocal presence…Gabriele Viviani is good…Berlioz’ burly choruses and spectacles…are played with power and enthusiasm…It is our polite suggestion that you listen to this performance. © 2011 Superconductor Read complete review



Matthew Gurewitsch
Opera News, November 2011

BERLIOZ, H.: Troyens (Les) (Palau de les Arts ‘Reina Sofia’, 2009) (NTSC) 706008
BERLIOZ, H.: Troyens (Les) (Palau de les Arts ‘Reina Sofia’, 2009) (Blu-ray, HD) 706104

Coproduced with the Mariinsky Theatre and Polish National Opera, the spectacle was documented at the Palau de les Arts, Valencia, on November 9, 2009, and it is musically a thrilling occasion on many counts. Valery Gergiev, a longtime Berlioz champion but a recent recruit to Les Troyens, is in his element, catching the rough, archaic undercurrents of the score as surely as he does its rapturous refinements. Orchestra and chorus are superb. Read complete review



Robert Benson
ClassicalCDReview.com, August 2011

BERLIOZ, H.: Troyens (Les) (Palau de les Arts ‘Reina Sofia’, 2009) (NTSC) 706008
BERLIOZ, H.: Troyens (Les) (Palau de les Arts ‘Reina Sofia’, 2009) (Blu-ray, HD) 706104

…In The Trojans we once more have the brilliant 3D projection effects, some outrageous costumes, along with vivid imaginative effects. Surprisingly, the Trojan Horse doesn’t amount to much. Singers are up to their tasks, but I cannot imagine anyone interested in this opera preferring this to the Met Levine production which in its new remastering sounds better than ever and as a performance surely is more what Berlioz intended—and surely is better sung.






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