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Lynn René Bayley
Fanfare, September 2014

…I was most impressed with the splendid conducting of Valéria Csányi, who pulls things together with the mastery and sweep of a János Ferencsik. Under her guiding hand, the score emerges as a slightly better-grade Ruslan and Ludmilla. Also of note is the fact that this chorus was formed for the sole purpose of performing this opera in Hungary... All in all, this is an amazing musical-dramatic achievement and a work that certainly deserves wider exposure. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review

Ralph V Lucano
American Record Guide, July 2014

The performance is quite good…the chorus, orchestra, and conductor deliver the music with complete conviction. The sound is quite good… © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Christopher Webber
Opera, June 2014

The strength of the performance is the playing, poetic and fiery by turns: Valéria Csanyi’s sensitive direction gives the orchestra its head whenever Erkel allows.

…the chorus and the forwardly-placed soloists alike succeed in their most crucial task: they get the words across, with point and passion. Such clarity…makes certain that Erkel’s last opera communicates with the vivid dramatic intensity he intended. That is no mean achievement, and one that deserves to win new friends for this internationally-overlooked composer. © 2014 Opera

International Record Review, May 2014

Erkel’s score is colourful and melodic and is presented with verve by the orchestra under Valéria Csányi. There are placed in which they can let their hair down and revel in Erkel’s music. © 2014 International Record Review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, February 2014

Living as a contemporary of Verdi, Ferenc Erkel became the father figure of Hungarian Grand Opera, for many years conducting at the National Theatre. As an opera composer, Erkel was highly skilled…He offers his soloists ample opportunities to impress in their arias and some rousing choruses. The leading females of the plot, the Queen and the Princess, are taken by Jutta Bokor and a soprano of Wagnerian proportions, Zsuzanna Bazsinka, and I have much enjoyed Zoltan Nyari, a nicely focussed tenor and a relative newcomer to the international scene, who takes Stephen’s son and rightful heir. The chorus…comes from amateur Budapest singers, and is suitably beefy in its big choral moments, while the much travelled Budapest orchestra, conducted by Valeria Csanyi, provides the very potent and colourful backdrop. Your final delight with the release will come as you try to work out the story and its characters from the booklets printed synopsis. Nicely balanced studio sound. © 2014 David’s Review Corner

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