"Samuel Ramey's A Date with the Devil orchestra concerts have been a big success. The music is of good quality, and much of it is not encountered too often. No doubt singers are going to be offering more of this type of event, so let's hope it continues to be done on this level.
Shrink-wrapped CDs have become harder to open than bags of airline peanuts. Perhaps we should recommend them by whether they are worth the effort or not. This one was, especially at the budget Naxos price and with texts enclosed."
"American bass-baritone Samuel Ramey has made a specialty of playing diabolic characters. His infernal repertoire is well represented on this Naxos disc, which includes extracts from the singer's signature role in Boito's Mefistofele and magnificent performances of arias from Berlioz' La damnation de Faust and Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress. Naxos has achieved a major coup in capturing Ramey in supreme form, together with the world-class Munich Radio band and veteran conductor Julius Rudel."
"Basso Ramey brings us different manifestations of the Devil pursuing his diabolical plans in music. Like the saying goes, the Devil gets all the good tunes, and some of these are real gems. The instrumental break in the middle for Liszt's most diabolical waltz is a nice touch. Naxos is lucky to have the topflight Ramey's dark voice on their label, he's certainly no bargain-counter bass."
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