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Joseph Newsome
Voix des Arts, February 2014

Much of the success of this performance of Die Fledermaus is thanks to the spirited singing and playing of the WDR Rundfunkchor and Rundfunkorchester…

The names of German soprano Sabine Kallhammer, Viennese baritone Sebastian Holecek, Croatian baritone Miljenko Turk, and German tenor Jürgen Sacher may not be familiar to many listeners, but they prove more successful Fledermaus players than many of their more illustrious rivals. Ms Kallhammer is a charming Ida…Mr. Holecek’s Frank percolates through the performance like a stout Viennese coffee…Mr. Turk is a Falke of wit and slightly sinister humor…Mr. Sacher is a delightfully bumbling Blind…All four artists sing well and strive to be amusing without seeming foolish.

Viennese mezzo-soprano Natascha Petrinsky is an enthusiastic…Orlofsky.

…Chen Reiss…is marketed as the primary attraction of this performance; and, to a large extent, so she proves to be…she is a suitably fiery Adele.

…this recording offers a truer experience of Strauß’s evergreen score than many of its rivals in the Fledermaus discography. For all its humor, there are in Fledermaus…real dangers of people getting hurt, of lives being uprooted and relationships destroyed. Nonetheless, set to Strauß’s rollicking waltz and polka tunes, it all seems as inconsequential as the weather forecast for some distant locale. There are sunlight and warmth aplenty in this performance… © 2014 Voix des Arts Read complete review

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