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Lynn René Bayley
Fanfare, May 2013

…it’s extremely well done. I was rather amazed to discover that both Grobe and Dooley had retained their voices at this late stage in their careers, though the most astonishing singing is from tenor Knutson as Arkenholz. The almost 30-year-old film of this, the world premiere, is in very good condition and was transferred well to DVD format. If this kind of opera is your cup of tea, this is definitely a good choice. © 2013 Fanfare Read complete review

Arlo Mckinnon
Opera News, April 2013

The DVD is a marvelous representation of this important though rarely-heard opera and its magnificent cast of singers, all of whom were important stars of German opera in the 1970s and ’80s.

Much as Die Gespenstersonate deserves to be presented by major opera companies, it is hard to imagine its ever receiving a better performance than the one offered here. Pride of place among these performers goes to David Knutson in the role of Arkenholz, an impoverished, idealistic student. Reimann took full advantage of Knutson’s unique talents and created a part with a truly enormous range. Knutson demonstrates no difficulty in leaping between his tenor and countertenor tessituras. Baritone Hans Günter Nöcker gives a powerful dramatic performance as Hummel…The supporting cast is excellent. Their sense of ensemble is impeccable. Friedemann Layer leads the cast and orchestra in a taut, gripping performance, enhanced by the creative direction of Heinz Lukas-Kindermann and the clever stage design of Deitrich Schoras.

Many thanks to Arthaus for making this vital performance and great opera available to a larger public. © 2013 Opera News Read complete review

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