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Steven Ritter
Audiophile Audition, September 2014

GLUCK, C.W.: Orfeo ed Euridice (Studio Production, 2014) (NTSC) 102184
GLUCK, C.W.: Orfeo ed Euridice (Studio Production, 2014) (Blu-ray, HD) 108103

A beautifully captivating film of Gluck’s most famous work in its original guise.

…Mehta is a fine musician with an extraordinary technique and gives his all to the performance, as does his counterpart in Eva Liebau, playing Euridice with sympathy and fine tone. © 2014 Audiophile Audition Read complete review




Richard Lawrence
Gramophone, September 2014

GLUCK, C.W.: Orfeo ed Euridice (Studio Production, 2014) (NTSC) 102184
GLUCK, C.W.: Orfeo ed Euridice (Studio Production, 2014) (Blu-ray, HD) 108103

The candlelit scenery is delightful…it’s well done. With her long hair Regula Mühlemann…portrays the character with great charm. Eva Liebau is excellent as Eurydice, uncomprehending and then furious at Orpheus’s refusal to look at her on their journey back from the underworld. ‘Che fiero momento’ almost has the force of Electra’s final outburst in Idomeneo.

Bejun Mehta mourns Eurydice at the start with tenderness, and there’s a nice sense of wonder at the Elysian Fields. I wonder if Gluck would have cared for his embellishing the clean lines of ‘Che farò’. The period orchestra under Václav Luks is fine. There is much to enjoy here. © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



William R. Braun
Opera News, August 2014

The sight of an entire orchestra of historical instruments, played by musicians in livery seated at a long desk with candles for illumination, is an unexpected delight of this performance, filmed at Český Krumlov castle. The players, under conductor Václav Luks, are capable of vigorous allegros that never lose beauty of tone, yet they can also raise a nasty racket when appropriate for the underworld.

Vocally, Mehta gives a full-out performance… © 2014 Opera News Read complete review





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