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Charles H. Parsons
American Record Guide, March 2015

The radiant, ecstatic, high-flying music of Violaine is perfectly served by Banse with a voice of clarity and beauty. There is a sincerity about her characterization that engages the listener’s heart. Baechle is billed as a soprano; but her dark, colorful sound is a fine mezzo, almost contralto. Hers is a splendid performance. …Schwarz is remarkable in her single scene as the Mother. Orchestra and chorus are in imposing shape in a calm, yet relentless movement, particularly surging in the grand passages. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Barry Brenesal
Fanfare, March 2015

The cast is good. All enunciate well, and are expressive of the words and emotions within their respective parts. Ulf Schirmer conducts competently… © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



William R. Braun
Opera News, February 2015

Janina Baechle’s Mara is full of dark colorings, and her voice flows freely. As Violaine, Juliane Banse has what could be called a perfect Eva sound—full of sincerity yet able to show the passage of eight years in vocal terms alone.

…all conducted in a calm but relentlessly surging manner by Ulf Schirmer. © 2015 Opera News Read complete review




Alain Steffen
Pizzicato, January 2015

BR-Klassik presents Walters Braunfels’s Verkündigung (The Annunciation), ‘a mystery in four acts and a prologue’, in a first rate recording with great singers receiving full support from Ulf Schirmer. The conductor also inspires his orchestra and his choir to a high level of music-making. © 2015 Pizzicato



William Kreindler
MusicWeb International, December 2014

Juliane Banse…portrays Violaine’s faith and inner serenity with total conviction. Janina Baechle as Mara sings powerfully…The eminent Robert Holl is completely convincing as the father who finally realizes the consequences of his religious self-absorption.

Ulf Schirmer…never allows us to lose interest in the dramatic events nor to lose sight of the threads of the composer’s musical structure or of the score’s wealth of orchestral detail. In this he is supported by the members of the Munich Radio Orchestra, who play with great finesse, especially in the instrumental solos and ensembles. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Stuart Sillitoe
MusicWeb International, October 2014

The recorded sound is excellent…The performance is also wonderful, whilst the whole cast are on top form. Special mention must be made of the beautiful soprano tones of Juliane Banse as Violaine, and the tenor Mathias Klink as Peter von Ulm. It is through their interplay that this work really comes to life. In fact on the evidence of these two discs all the performers give nothing less than full commitment…[this] is one of the finest examples of Braunfels’ art on CD. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review




Andrew Clements
The Guardian, October 2014

This recording…[is] conducted with great care and sympathy by Ulf Schirmer, but it’s Juliane Banse, wonderfully touching as the miracle-worker Violaine, who really brings everything to dramatic life. © 2014 The Guardian Read complete review





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