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Frank Behrens
Keene (New Hampshire) Sentinel, October 2013

I am sure that this Naxos version was based on the much-celebrated performance by Antony Sher as Shylock.

…Roger Allam creates a noble Antonio, while Emma Fielding (Portia) and Cathy Sara (Nerissa) handle their first scene with good pacing and humor.

It is a good point that the Prince of Aragon (Sam Dastor) and Prince of Morocco (Ray Fearon) are not played as pantomime fools but show just enough arrogance to get what they deserve in choosing the wrong caskets. Good grades to director John Tydeman.

Older recordings I have heard feature Tony Church, Hugh Griffith and Trevor Peacock as Shylock, but this new set surpasses them all. © 2013 Keene (New Hampshire) Sentinel Read complete review

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