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Bill White
Fanfare, January 2013

The [Orchestre Symphonique du Jura] plays pretty well…There is a nice extended passage for solo violin before and during Cleonice’s aria that is played beautifully. French soprano Bénédicte Tauran as Cleonice is by far the best of a very mixed singing cast. She sings with beauty and agility and surprisingly is one of the very few who can manage Mayr’s coloratura runs and roulades with any sure mastery. The smaller roles are sung adequately…Everything is well recorded and the sound is good…I commend Oehms for helping resurrect these little known operas…the Oehms set is in all likelihood the only way we will ever hear this opera, and there is some entertaining and enjoyable music here. © 2013 Fanfare



Charles H. Parsons
American Record Guide, November 2012

…this is quite a handsome, even spectacular performance. Leading the spectacle is mezzo-soprano Amaya Dominguez (Demetrio-Alceste). She is blessed with a lovely, caressing sound, full, confident, and capable of belting out the unprepared high notes with grace and ease. Most mellifluous is the sensuous sound of soprano Benedicte Tauran (Cleonice). There is much to admire in the singing of Elizabeth Bailey (Barsene) as well…Piotr Friebe (Olinto) does well, particularly in his big tenor aria with its horn obbligato. One can also highly praise the orchestra. © 2012 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide online






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