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Roy Westbrook
MusicWeb International, April 2018

The staging showcases the long Italian marionette tradition, and since the puppet theatre Carlo Colla e Figli of Milan has been performing for more than two hundred years, we can assume what we see is pretty authentic. The German baroque singing and playing tradition has its own claim to authenticity of course, and what we hear is courtesy of the prestigious Lautten Compagney of Berlin. This instrumental ensemble was co-founded in 1984 by Wolfgang Katschner, who is now the principal conductor and leads the performance here. © 2018 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Bill White
Fanfare, November 2016

It is fascinating to watch the master puppeteers going about their jobs, and the richly clothed puppet characters they so expertly manipulate. …the best video version of Rinaldo currently on disc. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review

Bill White
Fanfare, January 2016

The puppet show is a charming delight from start to finish. …Recommended. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review

Laurence Vittes
Audiophile Audition, December 2015

The singers, thoroughly and enthusiastically schooled in the authentic performance aesthetics give superb performances while standing behind the orchestra in the pit while looking at the fabulous marionettes on stage along with everyone else. The sound is full of energy, color, dimension and space… © 2015 Audiophile Audition Read complete review

Manuel Ribeiro
Pizzicato, December 2015

Handel’s Rinaldo in an excellent performance by the Lautten Compagney and a good cast, yet the production is memorable above all due to the staging by the puppet theatre Carlo Colla e Figli. The set contains also the complete audio recording on 2 CDs. © 2015 Pizzicato

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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