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new-classics.co.uk, October 2016

Nikolaus Harnoncourt was a legend who brought music to life and made it speak, and this set has been released in memoriam of one of the greatest musicians of the 20th and 21st centuries. The first-class array of soloists includes Cecilia Bartoli, Isabel Rey as Donna Anna, Liliana Nikiteanu, Eva Mei as La Contessa, Agnes Baltsa (Despina), Carlos Chausson (Don Alfonso), and Rodney Gilfry (Count Almaviva). © 2016 new-classics.co.uk Read complete review



Robert J Farr
MusicWeb International, June 2016

As Fiordiligi, Cecilia Bartoli can sing all the notes even if her facial efforts in lifting her voice to the higher soprano range looks somewhat demanding. Nevertheless, her rendition of both great arias, Come scoglio and Per pieta is achieved with vocal facility and elegance as is her contribution to the many duets and ensembles. As her sister Dorabella, Liliana Nikiteanu looks wonderful as well as acting and singing with confidence and competence.

Throughout, Nikolaus Harnoncourt keeps a brisk but not over-done pace, allowing his singers to caress Mozart’s text with vocal grace…where they have the necessary skills that is. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review





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