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Ralph V Lucano
American Record Guide, March 2014

What shines forth consistently is the freshness, wistfulness, and pungency of Janáček’s music.

The large cast is quite good…Ozawa leads a sprightly performance… © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Dave Billinge
MusicWeb International, December 2013

Janáček’s great masterpiece is a timeless tale of the cycle of life, love and death with music so beautiful that one can only wonder at how he does it. Suitable for all ages from 9 to 90 but understood better the older you get. The cast sing with phenomenal accuracy and, yes, beauty. Isabel Bayrakdarian’s Vixen is wonderfully clear and firm-toned, as are Quinn Kesley’s Gamekeeper and Lauren Curnow’s Fox. All the shorter roles—none could be called ‘minor’ in this most subtly constructed score—are done with insight and accuracy. Ozawa’s orchestra rises to the occasion with the most transparent sounds and singing tone. He understands this music completely and delineates Janáček’s complex rhythms to perfection. The score is radiant from the opening in the forest, right through to the sad final scene between the Schoolmaster and the Gamekeeper. The glowing ending where the frog points out that he is “…not the same one! That was my grandpa”, and thus makes the final link in the circle of life. © MusicWeb International Read complete review




Lawrence D. Devoe, MD
Blu-rayDefinition.com, November 2013

…maestro Seiji Ozawa evokes a spritely performance from the musical forces of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in a 2009 production of a work rarely mounted in Italy. The synergy of an international cast…results in a triumphant realization of this work.

Stage and costume designer Laurent Pelly has really outdone himself in this visually stunning production. The costumes of the creatures are clever…Camera work is spot on and viewers are drawn into this fantasy world whose creatures can actually sing and dance. Beautiful colors and crisp visuals abound.

Janacek’s gorgeous score gets great reproduction in a surround soundtrack that is spacious and balances voices and orchestra extremely well. © 2013 Blu-rayDefinition.com Read complete review





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