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Steven Ritter
Audiophile Audition, June 2014

…Gal James is the revelation here, turning in a performance that is vocally secure and dramatically riveting…Aquiles Machado[’s]…acting and fine overall presentation won me over…The Marcello of Massimo Cavalletti is solid from beginning to end and Carmen Romeu’s Musetta works very well. The Valencia Orchestra is in many ways the star of this show…Chailly’s many discoveries in balance and the exquisite layering of the orchestration is used to grand effect and makes for a very colorful experience…Well worth an acquisition… © 2014 Audiophile Audition Read complete review

Bill White
Fanfare, May 2014

The young cast seen here is quite good…Aquiles Machado…sings quite well in the role of Rodolfo…Gal James makes a lovely Mimì and is quite the best voice on the set. Carmen Romeu delivers a quite lovely Musetta’s waltz…All of the principal cast sings quite well, as do the chorus and the children. Maestro Riccardo Chailly takes firm control of the Comunitat Valencia orchestra and together they deliver a vigorous rendition of Puccini’s score.

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