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Simon Thompson
MusicWeb International, January 2015

This Ariadne was Vladimir Jurowski’s final production as Music Director of Glyndebourne, and he does a brilliant job with his chamber orchestra of musicians…his tempi are just right and, more importantly, he controls the orchestral sound very successfully. He breeds delicacy and transparency in so much of the score, while releasing wave upon wave of richness in the final ten minutes. His contribution is a triumph.

Most singularly successful is Kate Lindsey, who portrays the composer…brilliantly as a wide-eyed innocent who is prey to the twists and turns of those around him, and sings with beautiful quality of tone to go with it. Elsewhere, Thomas Allen puts in a good turn as the Music Master…The comedians sound good, with a rugged, sexy-sounding Harlequin from Dmitri Vargin. The three nymphs are strong too, with an especially beautiful Echo from Gabriela I┼čtoc. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review

William R. Braun
Opera News, November 2014

STRAUSS, R.: Ariadne auf Naxos (Glyndebourne, 2013) (NTSC) OA1135D
STRAUSS, R.: Ariadne auf Naxos (Glyndebourne, 2013) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7145D

Vladimir Jurowski completed his twelve-year tenure as Glyndebourne’s music director with this production, and he coaxed a brilliant performance from the scaled-down London Philharmonic.

Thomas Allen, at sixty-eight, still beautifully sang every note of the Music Master’s role in a way few have ever done. Kate Lindsey’s Composer is vocally a delight; fresh, tender and unblemished of tone, she consistently finds a personal identification with the role. © 2014 Opera News Read complete review

David Nice
BBC Music Magazine, October 2014

STRAUSS, R.: Ariadne auf Naxos (Glyndebourne, 2013) (NTSC) OA1135D
STRAUSS, R.: Ariadne auf Naxos (Glyndebourne, 2013) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7145D

Love it or hate it—and I loved it on seeing it live—Katharina Thoma’s Glyndebourne vision of Strauss and Hofmannsthal’s ‘pretty hybrid’, mixing mythology and comedy, has ideal energy and pace. That’s partly thanks to Vladimir Jurowski’s sense of direction in the pit, but you can tell that all the performers are commited to the same vision. © 2014 BBC Music Magazine

Poison Ivy
Parterre Box, September 2014

In this production, director Katharina Thoma’s intentions are noble.

Soile Isokoski has a pleasingly rich voice with a nice layer of cream in the middle.

Kate Lindsey is directed to stalk around the stage silently in most of The Opera but in the Prologue she does a good job conveying the Komponist’s neurotic personality, and she also has a pleasing timbre.

Thomas Allen was an aging but still elegant presence as the Music Master.

Vladimir Jurowski leads a tight, disciplined performance…The Glyndebourne ensemble singers are really always a joy to hear—they really do assemble a great team. © 2014 Parterre Box Read complete review

Hugo Shirley
Gramophone, September 2014

STRAUSS, R.: Ariadne auf Naxos (Glyndebourne, 2013) (NTSC) OA1135D
STRAUSS, R.: Ariadne auf Naxos (Glyndebourne, 2013) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7145D

Kate Lindsey’s Composer is beautifully detailed…her voice has a soprano-like colour and ease. Thomas Allen’s Music-Master is excellent…and Dmitri Vargin’s Harlekin pleasingly lyrical. There are fine performances from the rest of the cast…

Vladimir Jurowski draws clean and elegantly virtuoso playing from the LPO…The technical quality of the film and sound is excellent… © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Robert Croan
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 2014

Finnish soprano Soile Isokowski…pours out effusive, creamy tones and grand phrases, while Laura Claycomb…sails through the Zerbinetta’s fiendish coloratura with comic flair and an eclat that matches the explosive fireworks which bring this performance to a close. The rest of the cast…[are] excellent in context of this controversial, over-the-top rethinking of a major operatic masterpiece. © 2014 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Read complete review

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