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Ralph V. Lucano
American Record Guide, November 2014

[Fleming’s]…timbre is still lovely, and her command of the language and the drama is most impressive…and Kirchschlager is perhaps the most eloquent of them all, even in her near-spoken passages.

Eschenbach and the orchestra make the most of the music…Sound and picture are excellent… © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Bill White
Fanfare, November 2014

Fleming is a consummate artist, and one of my favorites… The Vienna Philharmonic under maestro Christoph Eschenbach is wonderful, as usual, and paints Strauss’s lush score with all the colors the composer requests.

You won’t go wrong if you select this C Major Capriccio from Vienna. Recommended. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review



Paul E. Robinson
Musical Toronto, October 2014

STRAUSS, R.: Capriccio (Vienna State Opera, 2013) (NTSC) 715908
STRAUSS, R.: Capriccio (Vienna State Opera, 2013) (Blu-ray, HD) 716004

…this is an excellent cast with Renée Fleming in one of her signature roles as the Countess…Christoph Eschenbach gets beautiful playing from the Vienna State Opera Orchestra. In this Blu-ray/DVD both picture and sound are of the highest quality.

Also excellent is the traditional production by Marco Arturo Marelli. He plays it straight and he knows what he is doing.

Canadian tenor Michael Shade is excellent as Flamand and baritone Markus Eiche makes a likeable artistic adversary. Bo Skovhus brings a welcome flair to the role of the Countess’ brother and Angela Kirchschlager sings well as the actress Clairon. The veteran Viennese bass Kurt Rydl in heavy whiskers and wild hair makes an appropriately dramatic theatre director. © 2014 Musical Toronto Read complete review




Manuel Ribeiro
Pizzicato, August 2014

Renée Fleming’s performance in this Konversationsstück by Strauss can hardly be topped. Refinement and elegance of her voice and her acting are superb. © 2014 Pizzicato





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