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Dave Billinge
MusicWeb International, October 2015

…an impressive…operatic experience. Bo Skovhus is quite magnificent and the rest of the cast are not far behind. Recommended… © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Manuel Ribeiro
Pizzicato, July 2015

In Karolin Gruber’s minimalistic and dark staging of Aribert Reimann’s Lear, Simone Young’s dramatic account is a blessing for this opera which benefits also from the superb singing and acting of Bo Skovhus in the title role. © 2015 Pizzicato

Mike Ashman
Gramophone, July 2015

REIMANN, A.: Lear (Hamburg State Opera, 2014) (NTSC) 109063
REIMANN, A.: Lear (Hamburg State Opera, 2014) (Blu-ray, HD) 109064

Simone Young (and Skovhus, her virtuoso interpreter of the title-role) sculpts a more extreme, more Wozzeck-like reading of the score than Gerd Albrecht did originally with a more sorrowfully lyrical Fischer-Dieskau. Young is also especially attentive to dynamics and dramatic structure. Karoline Gruber’s stage production uses well-tried Brechtian devices. This taps the mood of the play more harrowingly…

…hugely recommended. © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

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