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Joe Cadagin
Opera News, January 2016

Soprano Gesche Geier as Armida is particularly enjoyable to watch, with her ferocious scowls; it would be a treat to see her portray the enchantress herself, without a puppet double. …Geier understands that she is essentially a cartoon-voice actress for this production; she breathes life into her puppet character through exaggerated vocal effects…

…the audio performance is worth hearing on its own; it is included in this set on the two CDs. © 2016 Opera News Read complete review




John W Barker
American Record Guide, November 2015

The singers here are all…uniformly outstanding, singing with fine feeling for style and drama. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Joseph Newsome
Voix des Arts, July 2015

HANDEL, G.F.: Rinaldo [Puppet-Show] (Handel-Festival Halle, 2014) (1 DVD + 2 CD set) (NTSC) 102207
HANDEL, G.F.: Rinaldo [Puppet-Show] (Handel-Festival Halle, 2014) (1 Blu-Ray + 2 CD set) (Blu-ray, HD) 108125

The many beauties of this marionette production of Rinaldo illustrate the love, goodness, and optimism that flow through Handel’s score without ignoring the danger, violence, and extremism that lurk in its shadows. Realism is rarely the goal of puppetry, but the emotions of Rinaldo are often more visceral in this production than in many performances in which living, breathing singers occupy the stage. The movements of the marionettes are uncannily lifelike, and it is enlightening to discover as the performance progresses how an entertainment that is indelibly associated with children engenders one of the most mature accounts of Rinaldo in the catalogue.

Led by Wolfgang Katschner with reliably appropriate tempi and an unerring cumulative sense of direction, the account of Handel’s score given by Lautten Compagney Berlin is distinguished by a pervasive elegance that never inhibits the expression of red-blooded emotions. Hearing a performance as good as this one, it is all the more remarkable that Rinaldo is the work of a composer who was only twenty-six years old at the time of its première. © 2015 Voix des Arts Read complete review





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