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Steven Ritter
Audiophile Audition, August 2013

The singing is uniformly excellent, Anne-Sophie von Otter surely a standout…Frederic Antoun and Jean-Francois Lapointe cover the roles of Achille and Orestes beautifully…

The filming is excellent…these are excellent performances. © 2013 Audiophile Audition Read complete review

Richard Lawrence
Gramophone, May 2013

GLUCK, C.W.: Iphigenie en Aulide / Iphigenie en Tauride (DNO, 2011) (NTSC) OA1099D
GLUCK, C.W.: Iphigenie en Aulide / Iphigenie en Tauride (DNO, 2011) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7115D

Whether begging Achilles for help or calling down Jupiter’s thunderbolts, [Anne Sofie von Otter] presents a deeply sympathetic character. …Véronique Gens, whose Iphigenia is equally touching and just as beautifully sung. Her joyous duet of reconciliation with the forthright Achilles of Frédéric Antoun transcends the foursquare writing. Agamemnon, caught between love of his daughter and duty towards the gods, is powerfully sung and acted by Nicolas Testé.

Delunsch is as affecting as Gens: poised in Iphigenia’s gentle airs but with plenty of heft for the opening storm. Minkowski conducts superbly. © 2013 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Lawrence Devoe, April 2013

Given the abstract and bare nature of the set, the challenge to the videographers was to make these operas living works. Fortunately, they are up to this challenge and with clever shifts from close ups to stage views we get a real sense of being there. Colors and details are excellent.

The audio engineers work their magic and we are drawn into the classical era that was Gluck’s environment. Fortunately, most of the singers turn in magical performances that we are privileged to hear with utmost clarity. No contest here, the surround version is the best.

There is an excellent 40-minute behind-the-scenes feature on this production that will be most appreciated by those unfamiliar with these works.

While it might seem that offering both Iphigénie operas was a risky decision, seeing them together for the first time makes a great deal of dramatic sense…the quality of the musicianship is high…I would consider this disc to be a safe recommendation. © 2013 Read complete review

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