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John Sheppard
MusicWeb International, February 2013

José Cura shows off his many talents on this disc. Not only does he sing the main role…but he also designs and directs this production. In addition he has written a brief introduction to the production in the booklet which is helpful in explaining much that is confusing to the viewer.

…this is…a very satisfactory performance of the opera in musical terms. Cura as tenor…gives a very satisfying and complete performance of a difficult role. He manages to encompass all the different aspects of Samson. Similarly Julia Gertseva is a fine Dalila…meeting the various demands of the role…The other characters are all well cast and the orchestra and chorus are alert under Jochem Hochstenbach’s purposeful conducting.

Overall this is a recording of the opera that is well worth hearing, capturing the essence of the composer’s genius in characterisation and dramatic flow. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review





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