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Parterre Box, April 2014

Jun Märkl leads the MDR Radio Choir and Symphony Orchestra in a deftly shaped performance that’s completely at ease with Mendelssohn’s varied compositional techniques.

The orchestra is wonderfully transparent but warm in tone, with especially strong contributions from the woodwinds. The recorded sound from Leipzig’s Gewandhaus is spacious and balanced…

Oedipus at Kolonos has a lot to recommend for choral aficionados and presents an intriguing memento from an overlooked period in Mendelssohn’s life. © 2014 Parterre Box Read complete review

Joshua Rosenblum
Opera News, February 2014

For the most part, the choral music is melodic, memorable and stirringly dramatic. The standout number is probably the third piece…It begins with a genuinely lovely, expansive Mendelssohnian melody, sung mostly in unison by one of the choirs and restated by the other. Then the pace quickens, and the two choirs sing together in a passage of remarkable passion and exuberance that exploits the full, glorious, eight-part potential of the double chorus texture. Also tremendously effective is the sixth piece, a lament for Oedipus in his pitiful condition of exile, blindness and physical decline. It begins quietly with a harp accompaniment in G minor, then achieves high drama through striking dynamic contrast and pulsating phrases, which the MDR Leipzig Radio Choir and Symphony Orchestra, under the expressive leadership of Jun Märkl, deliver with great effectiveness. © 2014 Opera News Read complete review

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