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Guy Rickards
Gramophone, January 2013

STRAUSS, R.: Arabella (Vienna State Opera, 2012) (NTSC) EPC03DVD
STRAUSS, R.: Arabella (Vienna State Opera, 2012) (Blu-ray, HD) EPC04BD

This Vienna State Opera production…is happily satisfactory…Sven-Eric Bechtolf’s staging is reassuringly straightforward and in keeping with Hofmannsthal’s scenario and Welser-Möst directs a beautifully manicured interpretation. The cast are uniformly strong, Konieczny outstanding as the passionate and foolish Mandryka. Bankl displays nice comic timing as the penurious Count Waldner but it is Emily Magee in the title-role, and her final duet with Konieczny is truly radiant…it is superbly constructed, slickly produced and ardently performed by singers and orchestra alike. Don Kent’s video direction is unobtrusively natural, concentrating on the important details while conveying a good sense of the whole. More operas should be done this way. © 2013 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

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