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Richard Sininger
American Record Guide, March 2014

The production is quite traditional and very pleasant. The orchestra of the Berlin German Opera plays well under the competent leadership of Gary Bertini. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Robert J Farr
MusicWeb International, February 2014

The cast is good and in certain cases, particularly the Osmin of the physically large, and cavernous voiced, Martti Talvela as Osmin, outstanding. His every action and vocal nuance…is superb. As his boss in the speaking role of Pasha Selim, Peter Hallwachs is one of the best I have seen, thoroughly convincing…As Belmonte…Horst Laubenthal is vocally elegant and mellifluous with appropriate, flexible, heady tone…As his servant Pedrillo…fellow tenor Norbert Orth is nicely contrasted vocally with more of an edge to his voice. His acting is also excellent…

… Zdzislawa Donat sings Konstanze…Her tone is light and flexible…Importantly, she manages the vocal demands of both Traurigkeit and Marten aller Arten…without strain and that is an important consideration. As her maid Blonde, coveted by Osmin, Barbara Vogel is pert in her acting and sings with excellent characterisation…

On the rostrum Gary Bertini…paces the work and its intricate dynamics with aplomb. The booklet details and quality are excellent. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review





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