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Raymond Tuttle
Fanfare, November 2020

Care Pupille is a stellar debut. Mariño’s voice is bright and clear, and falls easily on the ears. It is brilliant but not shrill.

Conductor Michael Hofstetter clearly has approached this music with both passion and understanding—“scholarship” would be an appropriate word… He and the orchestra complement Mariño admirably. The oboe soloist who dialogues with Mariño in “Quella fiamma” from Arminio is not identified, but he is wonderful too.

This CD, and the singer that it introduces, made me sit up and take notice, and I hope that it will do the same for you. This is Want List material. © 2020 Fanfare Read complete review

David Reynolds
American Record Guide, September 2020

The music of Handel and Gluck programmed here is dramatic and colorful. There are two world premiere recordings too (arias from Gluck’s operas La Sofonisba and Il Tigrane). The Handelfestspielorchester of Halle matches Marino’s virtuosity and contributes strongly to a well-planned program. Michael Hofstetter leads with elan.

Marino sounds like he could become a major contender in the early music field. I’d love to hear him in music from later periods as well. He already has his eyes on Romeo in Bellini’s Capulets and Montagues, Arsace in Rossini’s Aureliano in Palmira, and Oscar in Verdi’s Ballo in Maschera. © 2020 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Göran Forsling
MusicWeb International, August 2020

Mariño, just as Cencic, has a beautiful, crystal clear voice, technically accomplished and with a superb trill. He is a stylish singer, careful over nuances but he also has dramatic power and in some of the more outgoing numbers in this recital he delivers thrillingly whole-hearted and full-throated singing with impressive strength.

The Händelfestspielorchester Halle under Michael Hofstetter delivers first-class playing on period instruments, rhythmically keen and alert. I hope to hear them again, why not in a sequel to the present recording with Samuel Mariño, who is a real find. I urge lovers of good singing to explore this superb singer. © 2020 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Richard Wigmore
Gramophone, August 2020

Mariño is good at refined delicacy, as in ‘Già che morir’ from Gluck’s Antigono, later reworked as ‘Che puro ciel’ in Orfeo. (Like Handel, Gluck was an inveterate recycler.) Aptly for a man contemplating death, he sings this in a fragile, haunted pianissimo, the top Cs gently brushed within the melodic line.

In extrovert mode Mariño finds a metallic glint in the tone, whether jousting with solo oboe in a virtuoso showpiece from Handel’s Arminio or vowing to risk his life for love in ‘Care pupille’ from Gluck’s Il Tigrane—a brilliant performance of the aria that gives the disc its title. He reveals plenty of temperament, too, in a superb scena from Gluck’s Antigono whose fast section draws on the gigue from Bach’s B flat Keyboard Partita and later turns up as Iphigénie’s ‘Je t’implore, et je tremble’ in Iphigénie en Tauride. Here and elsewhere the Halle period band give punchy, rhythmically precise support. © 2020 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Miquel Cabruja
Audio (Germany), July 2020

Mariño shows himself here, lively accompanied by the Halle Handel Festival Orchestra under Michael Hofstetter, as a virtuoso full of character. Effortless coloratura passages, radiant high notes and a timbre that combines purity, bite and expressiveness give an idea of how the undisputed stars of baroque opera may have once sounded. © 2020 Audio (Germany)

Lynn René Bayley
The Art Music Lounge, May 2020

The Handelfestspielorchester is as precise and machine-like as Mariño. My greatest wish for this singer is that he develops a feeling for Handel to match his evidently great technical gifts. Right now he has much to offer… © 2020 The Art Music Lounge Read complete review

Remy Franck
Pizzicato, May 2020

In the program Care Pupille, Mariño shows both, the brilliant virtuosity and power as well as—exemplary in Handel’s Care selve—an enchanting urgency of overwhelmingly beautiful cantilenas.

The singer’s interpretative talent, his ability to portray a figure with all its emotional turmoil is ideally expressed in Berenice’s aria Berenice, che fai…Perché, se tanti siete from Gluck’s Antigono.

Michael Hofstetter and the Händelfestspielorchester Halle provide a richly coloured orchestral accompaniment for this extraordinary voice. This dedicated music-making and the fact that the production also includes three first recordings, including Gluck’s eponymous aria Care Pupille, makes this CD by Orfeo all the more valuable. © 2020 Pizzicato Read complete review

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