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Steven Ritter
Audiophile Audition, September 2012

Anna Prohaska has a voice that seems tailor made for the role [Lulu] and gives a spectacular performance here.

Der Wein is a concert aria based on a poem of Stefan George, also performed to fitted perfection by Dorothea Röschmann in a performance of great beauty.

Das klagende Lied is one of Mahler’s oldest surviving scores, and has a tortured compositional and performance history. Not cheery stuff to be sure, and the music is not the Mahler we would come to know, but it is still worthwhile and highly dramatic. Boulez and forces play it for all it’s worth. Sound is offered in standard stereo and excellent DTS 5.1 surround, with good, sensible, and not too intrusive camera work. © 2012 Audiophile Audition Read complete review

Robert Benson, August 2012

Boulez is a master of Mahler…It is fascinating to watch him conduct, so precise and detailed, showing no emotion whatever. Orchestral playing is outstanding, and video director Michael Beyer obviously knows the score as well as the conductor…Video and audio are first-rate. Recommended! © 2012 Read complete review

Lawrence Devoe, July 2012

The opening concert at this Austrian music shrine is always a big deal, and this one pulls out most of the stops in terms of repertoire and supporting cast. Further, on the big Salzburg stage, legendary conductor Pierre Boulez extracts the very essence of these challenging and infrequently performed works. Sound and vision recording is terrific.

This is a stunning concert video with great capture of the Festival Hall and its trappings. Colors are beautiful and detail well managed, particularly the frequent instrumental portraits.

We owe a debt of gratitude to C Major for issuing this BD, not only as premieres of the program material, but for allowing us to see them as performed by superb soloists, orchestra and conductor. I am continually amazed to see how the then-86 year-old maestro, Pierre Boulez, gets his forces under control and evokes extraordinary vocal delivery by his soloists and chorus. Mahler’s undeservedly neglected cantata is unlikely to receive a better reading in the foreseeable future. Although it was created early in his composing career, Boulez draws out foreshadows of the genius that was to appear in his symphonies. For those of you coming to this music for the first time, this BD makes a strong case for their being in your music library and getting repeated viewings. © 2012 Read complete review

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