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Peter J. Rabinowitz
Fanfare, May 2019

Marcel Beekman, playing the Captain as a dandy, is impressively oily and cajoling, a combination of Iago and Sportin’ Life (and it’s worth remembering that, as Christopher Reynolds has convincingly argued, Porgy and Bess was strongly influenced by Wozzeck). And Willard White is a solid presence as the doctor…

…This new Albrecht reading is toward the front of the pack…well worth hearing for those who love the opera. © 2019 Fanfare Read complete review



Opera, April 2019

BERG, A.: Wozzeck [Opera] (DNO, 2017) (NTSC) 2.110582 
BERG, A.: Wozzeck [Opera] (DNO, 2017) (Blu-ray, HD) NBD0081V

The film renders the opera with superb audio clarity and visual presence, to deliver an unforgettable experience. © 2019 Opera



Dave Billinge
MusicWeb International, March 2019

The Netherlands Philharmonic under Marc Albrecht play with accuracy and enthusiasm whilst the starry cast and the choruses sing and dance their roles with absolute conviction.

…I am very enthusiastic about this splendid performance. It is superbly acted, played and sung and the director’s concept does mostly make sense The recording has great impact and all the disc production boxes are ticked. The notes about Berg’s original scenario and the background to the work are sufficient. Visually this Blu-ray is up the usual high standard we expect. © 2019 MusicWeb International Read complete review



David Reynolds
American Record Guide, March 2019

Maltman and Westbroek make impressive role debuts. Both commit fully to their director’s staging and interpretation and are very convincing. … The entire cast acts Warlikowski’s staging with assurance and conviction. © 2019 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide




Peter Quantrill
Gramophone, February 2019

BERG, A.: Wozzeck [Opera] (DNO, 2017) (NTSC) 2.110582 
BERG, A.: Wozzeck [Opera] (DNO, 2017) (Blu-ray, HD) NBD0081V

Reviewer Peter Quantrill calls this Marc Albrecht-conducted Wozzeck ‘among the most beautifully played and sung accounts on record and film’, praising too the staging.

Richly Mahlerian strings and brass set the tone for even the most edgy and ‘contemporary’ scenes in the tavern and between Wozzeck’s trio of tormentors. All of whom, it must be said, are sung with some style, especially the astonishingly secure Captain of Marcel Beekman and the engagingly sinister comic turn of Willard White as the Doctor. © 2019 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Kevin Filipski
The Flip Side, December 2018

This staging of Alban Berg’s masterpiece of 12-tone, 20th century opera has a frighteningly primal performance by Christopher Maltman as the anti-hero and a brilliant turn by Eva-Maria Westbroek as his prostitute girlfriend Marie. Even if Krzysztof Warlikowski’s directorial choices are sometimes suspect, Wozzeck flirts with surrealism anyway, so there are no fatal mistakes. Marc Albrecht conducts the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and Chrous of the Dutch National Opera with an ear attuned to Berg’s uniquely dramatic musical language. Both audio and video are first-rate in hi-def. © 2018 The Flip Side



David Denton
David's Review Corner, November 2018

BERG, A.: Wozzeck [Opera] (DNO, 2017) (NTSC) 2.110582
BERG, A.: Wozzeck [Opera] (DNO, 2017) (Blu-ray, HD) NBD0081V

Georg Buchner died of typhus aged 23 leaving his play, Wozzeck, unfinished and in a very disorganised state, the eventual staged version relying on the work of others. In adapting it for his opera, Alban Berg, then made many changes of his own, involving shortening it while keeping the true story that Buchner was using for his play. Those amendments were probably sufficient to encourage Krzysztof Warlikowsky to add much of his own, leaving precious little of Berg’s original intentions in his production for Dutch National Opera. That fact you will fully appreciate when you read the booklet that accompanies this release and which relates the story as Berg intended. …musically the performance has a great deal to commend it, Christopher Maltman, a vocally ideal Wozzeck who is unable, in his own bumbling way, to comprehend all the events around him, and which will drive him to suicide. Eva-Maria Westbroek is a very knowing Marie and no fool to the men in her powerful projection. The conductor, Marc Albrecht, obtains a well-neigh perfect balance between orchestra and singers, and his use of instrumental colours is judged to perfection.  © 2018 David’s Review Corner





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