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Stephen D Chakwin Jr
American Record Guide, September 2016

…a lovely hour and a third of music-making. Knappertsbusch, Backhaus, and the VPO knew one another and the music very well for decades. The performances are mellow, graceful, and completely natural—no hype, no pretense, powerful climaxes, singing lyric sections.

This is a concert where you know everyone will get things right and you can just relax and enjoy it. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



James A Altena
Fanfare, September 2016

…soprano Claire Watson is a radiant, womanly Sieglinde who for sheer beauty of tone and perfection of diction could give Lotte Lehmann a run for her money; …The experienced Bayreuth veteran Josef Greindl is in exceptionally fine form as Hagen; for once his voice is free from any hint of unsteadiness and rings out powerfully and authoritatively, with masterful shading of meaning. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review



Bruce Surtees
The WholeNote, May 2016

Watching Knappertsbusch in action, it is easy to see how he achieves those long lines with such ease. He seems to draw the orchestra out rather than imposing on them. …The veteran Backhaus, still well in command of his instrument, and Knappertsbusch are of one mind in this elegant, patrician performance. …The Walküre first act is sung flawlessly… © 2016 The WholeNote Read complete review




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, May 2016

These two concerts from the Vienna Festival 1962 and 1963 take us back to long lost times, with great performances under the baton of the over seventy years old ‘Kna’. A must! © 2016 Pizzicato





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