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William R. Braun
Opera News, April 2015

…played in spirited fashion by the Simon Mayr Ensemble…[and] conductor Franz Hauk has a good feel for string-accompanied recitative, as there is a lot of it, including a surprise moment of choral participation. © 2015 Opera News Read complete review

Charles H. Parsons
American Record Guide, November 2014

The six singers attack the music with enthusiasm, taking on the formidable vocal challenges with ease. All make a good impression. Chorus and orchestra share in the general excitement. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Barnaby Rayfield
Fanfare, November 2014

The cast…has no weak links, and Andrea Lauren Brown as [Cloe] impresses in her florid music, with its coloratura jumps at the end sounding free and easy. The chorus and orchestra are excellent, with Franz Hauk pacing this slight, charming work well…

…this is an important premiere recording of a Donizetti miniature that is never less than charming. Naxos has done it proud. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review

Manuel Ribeiro
Pizzicato, October 2014

First rate recording of Gaetano Donizetti’s ‘mini opera’ Aristea, with much enthusiastic singing and playing. © 2014 Pizzicato, October 2014

Franz Hauk conducts members of Bavarian State Opera Chorus and the acclaimed Simon Mayr Chorus & Ensemble. This release of the only recording of Aristea is a must-have for fans of 19th century opera. © 2014 Read complete review

John Sheppard
MusicWeb International, August 2014

The performance is thoroughly idiomatic and accomplished. There may be no obvious stars amongst the soloists but neither are there any weak links and all manage to cope with sometimes formidable challenges. The chorus and orchestra sing and play with evident enthusiasm and as far as I could tell without a score. Franz Hauk makes all he can of the music.

It is good that not only are there still Donizetti rarities to unearth but that what is revealed is so enjoyable. This is a disc that should be in the collection of any enthusiast for that composer’s music. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Claudia Pritchard
The Independent on Sunday, June 2014

Sopranos Andrea Lauren Brown, Sara Hershkowitz, and Caroline Adler and the brilliant young baritone Andreas Burkhart are among those doing the honours. © 2014 The Independent on Sunday

David Denton
David's Review Corner, June 2014

Described on the disc sleeve as a ‘cantata’, Donizetti did refer to Aristea as an ‘opera’, a title more befitting a score that opens with a typically operatic overture. [Aristea] calls for a cast of six singers, the two American-born sopranos, Andrea Lauren Brown and Sara Hershkowitz…are ideally cast, their extended love duet early in the score demonstrating Brown’s admirable vocal agility. The much experienced tenor, Cornel Frey, is well cast as Aristea’s very ageing father, Licisco, as he looks for his daughter, and I was impressed by the baritone, Andreas Burkhart. Students and members of the Bavarian State Opera form the enthusiastic chorus, and the Simon Mayr Ensemble is an admirable orchestra under the direction of Franz Hauk. Reliable sound quality, and I enthusiastically commend this world premiere recording. © 2014 David’s Review Corner

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