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James H. North
Fanfare, November 2009

Kate is a garrulous loudmouth who scares away all suitors; the role is usually sung in a rough-and-tumble style that is appropriate for the character but less than pleasing to the ear. Breedt’s mezzo is smooth and warm, which might not work well on stage but is welcome on a recording. Straka’s bright, manly tenor is just right for Jirka the shepherd, the hero who first rescues Kate from hell and later prevents the Princess from being taken there. He is the star of the show. Mikuláš’s potent baritone makes for a strong but sly Marbuel, the minor devil who lures Kate to hell. Most of all, Albrecht fills the music with lively spirits and keeps everything moving along. The Cologne orchestra is superb…

All this makes The Devil and Kate a delightful listening experience; it comes alive as never before on discs… © 2009 Fanfare Read complete review





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