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Peter Quantrill
Gramophone, January 2018

RAMEAU, J.-P.: Indes galantes (Les) [Opera] (Bavarian State Opera, 2016) (NTSC) BAC138
RAMEAU, J.-P.: Indes galantes (Les) [Opera] (Bavarian State Opera, 2016) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) BAC438

After an uningratiating start, John Graham-Hall does more than cope with Aron’s punishing tessitura: more accurate and agile than Thomas Moser in Vienna for Reto Nickler’s production, he forms a vividly directed double act with Thomas Johannes Mayer, who pitches much of his Sprechstimme. The effect is not only gratifying, in that more of what Schoenberg actually wrote is audible, but it brings a warm humanity to their scenes as brothers who can’t help finishing each other’s sentences even while talking at cross purposes.

Other fine English singers are involved, though you will be hard pressed to identify most of them as they emerge from, and are just as rapidly absorbed within, the heat of battle: musical, theological, theatrical. © 2018 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Fred Cohn
Opera News, November 2017

SCHOENBERG, A.: Moses und Aron [Opera] (Paris National Opera, 2015) (NTSC) BAC136
SCHOENBERG, A.: Moses und Aron [Opera] (Paris National Opera, 2015) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) BAC436

The performance boasts a musically scrupulous pair of singers as the brothers. Thomas Johannes Mayer is an ideal Moses, bringing expressivity and deep musical logic to the prophet’s sprechstimme utterances. Aron’s high vocal lines sometimes require John Graham-Hall to shift into falsetto; at those moments the admirable force he generates in full voice dissipates, but he remains true to note values.

The adeptness with which the cast and instrumentalists tackle this work would have been all but unimaginable when it was composed. Philippe Jordan’s reading offers little sensuous appeal, perhaps because of the Bastille’s dry acoustics. But it is extraordinarily transparent: the performance allows you to hear every note as if the score lay open before your eyes. © 2017 Opera News Read complete review

Kevin Filipski
The Flip Side, June 2017

Philippe Jordan conducts orchestra and chorus to a perfect 12-tone maelstrom; the leads are enacted vividly by Thomas Johannes-Mayer and John Graham-Hall. A record of the company’s 2016 tour to the City of Lights, New York City Ballet in Paris dazzlingly shows off several classic Balanchine dances set to music by French masters Gounod, Ravel and Bizet, played boisterously by the Orchestre Prométhée led by Daniel Capps. © 2017 The Flip Side Read complete review

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