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Andrew Lamb
Gramophone, February 2012

a recording with modern sound that brings out the full glory of Dukas’s luminous score. From the very first bar Gary Bertini reveals a mastery of the score that puts in the shade all but Bertrand de Billy, achieving a menacing quality and tension missing elsewhere, and surging to brilliant effect at key orchestral moments such as the opening of the various doors of Bluebeard’s castle to reveal ever greater hordes of priceless jewels.

Altogether this newcomer seems to me a clear winner all round. © 2012 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Michael Mark
American Record Guide, January 2012

[Reviewed with Brilliant Classics’s Ariane et Barbe-Bleue]

Both performances are topnotch.

Both conductors and orchestras truly exploit Dukas’s superb orchestration. And praise also to the fine choruses. All the colors depicting the jewels behind Bluebeard’s doors dazzle the ears. Who says such impressionist operas have to sound wimpy? If you have a spirit of adventure, do investigate these sets. © 2012 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide online



James A. Altena
Fanfare, January 2012

Capriccio takes top honors with Taillon…the Capriccio set has consistently come out on top in the rankings… © 2012 Fanfare Read complete review on Fanfare





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