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Opera Wire, October 2019

All in all, this is a must-buy for lovers of operatic history and the Wiener Staatsoper. There is a lot to relish here. © 2019 Opera Wire

Christian Ocier
Parterre Box, August 2019

Following classic recordings documenting the work of Karl Böhm and Herbert von Karajan. Orfeo’s 150 Years Wiener Staatsoper box moves on to new releases that are seeing their first incarnation on an officially available disc.

Although some of these operas can be sourced from pirate companies, Orfeo’s excellent remastering and pristine sound broadens the spatial dimension and the aural experience, even from those broadcasts that originate from the last decade. From 1988, one hears Vienna’s then music director Claudio Abbado present his beloved Rossinian rarity, Il Viaggio a Reims, to the Viennese public.

The remarkably stellar level of casting, the technical finesse and lustrous Klang of the orchestra, and the idiomatic flexibility and artistry of those involved in these recordings are a testament to the Vienna State Opera’s continued tradition of excellence in an art form beloved and dear to this most musical of cities. © 2019 Parterre Box Read complete review

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