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Robert Benson
ClassicalCDReview.com, June 2016

…outstanding performance of Janáček’s powerful masterpiece, this one from the Berlin Opera conducted by Donald Runnicles. …The cast is first-rate throughout, and Runnicles’ conducting captures all of the score’s tragedy. © 2016 ClassicalCDReview.com Read complete review



Joshua Rosenblum
Opera News, December 2015

…Larmore achieves startling vocal and dramatic intensity without ever sacrificing the intrinsic beauty of her resplendent, crystal-clear mezzo. The result is a fully fleshed, three-dimensional Kostelnicka, who manipulates others with charm and persuasion as opposed to cold-blooded, brute force domination. Larmore’s multilayered portrayal brings out the best in everyone around her.

Michaela Kaune, as Jenůfa, elicits our immediate empathy with a warm, gently glowing soprano that retains its beauty and agility throughout the character’s wide vocal range…

…Will Hartmann has a vibrant, ringing tenor and a commanding physical presence. Hartmann can turn rapidly from hot-headed to vulnerable, and he adds an extra dose of vocal intensity in pivotal passages… © 2015 Opera News Read complete review




Francis Muzzu
Opera Now, October 2015

Christof Loy’s production is powerful, direct and true to the piece. [He] draws such committed performances from his cast that the focus remains entirely on the unfolding story and its characters.

Donald Runnicles conducts, emphasising the lyric beauties of the score over its angularity. Brian Large’s direction for camera is exemplary. © 2015 Opera Now Read complete review



Poison Ivy
Parterre Box, September 2015

The Deutsche Oper Berlin’s new release of Janáček’s Jenůfa…combines excellent musical values, detailed acting, and a thoughtful production. Enthusiasts of Janáček’s opera will want to pick up this video immediately. © 2015 Parterre Box Read complete review



Mike Ashman
Gramophone, August 2015

JANÁČEK, L.: Jenůfa (Deutsche Oper Berlin, 2014) (NTSC) 109069
JANÁČEK, L.: Jenůfa (Deutsche Oper Berlin, 2014) (Blu-ray, HD) 109070

Both Larmore and Michaela Kaune’s older-looking than usual Jenůfa give full-voiced, fluent readings of their roles… The men are well sung and more conventionally represented, with Will Hartmann a solid, genuine Laca and Ladislav Elgr a baby-faced toyboy Števa who goes completely to pieces when the child’s body is found.

Smaller roles are worked in some detail and Runnicles leads the work with Romantic panache and dynamics. © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone





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