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John Quinn
MusicWeb International, September 2017

The bewitching orchestral colours come over very well here and Valentina Farcas makes a fine job of the acrobatic and often very high-lying coloratura. The leading Wagner tenor, Klaus Florian Vogt represents luxury casting for this assignment. His flexible yet strong voice is well suited to the music and he sings most expressively. He and the orchestra work together to give a super account of this wonderful music.

…Hansjörg Albrecht leads a fine performance of this attractive and inventive piece. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Barry Brenesal
Fanfare, January 2017

The soloists are uniformly fine. Klaus Florian Vogt has a smoothly lyrical instrument that makes me temporarily forget Brandon Jovanovich in the role of Hoffegut in the LA Opera’s staged performance (Arthaus Musik 101529)—no mean feat. He pays close attention to Braunfels’s musical markings. Michael Volle has a dark baritone with a hint of a beat on lengthy notes in the middle of his voice. He has however a solid top and an attractive focused tone, and he phrases with great sensitivity. Valentina Farcas makes a bright Nightingale, something along the lines of Rita Streich’s tonal color and variety as Zerbinetta in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, with excellent control of dynamics and character. Hanjörg Albrecht is a name I know best from his series of recordings as an organist. He demonstrates energy, discipline, and attention to the important details of phrasing on the podium throughout this disc. © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review



Paul L Althouse
American Record Guide, November 2016

The soloists are all excellent, particularly soprano Valentina Farcas, whose music from The Birds has coloratura writing reminiscent of Zerbinetta’s music in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, written about one year earlier. All of this strikes me as fine music, creative and “new” sounding, but accessible enough to take in on one hearing. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Michael Cookson
MusicWeb International, September 2016

Under the baton of Hansjörg Albrecht, the Staatskapelle Weimar plays extremely well and consistently, with the horns and heavy brass sounding magnificent. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Tim Ashley
Gramophone, August 2016

Albrecht’s conducting is fierce and passionate here, though elsewhere he seemingly favours lucidity over drive. The Vögel extracts sound exquisite as played by the Weimar Staatskapelle: Valentina Farcas negotiates the Nightingale’s Zerbinetta-ish coloratura with ravishing tone and delightful ease; Klaus Florian Vogt is clean and clear but characterless in ‘Abschied vom Walde’. Don Juan, which despite its Straussian title is actually a set of variations on themes from Don Giovanni, is super-cool and refined… © 2016 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Rob Barnett
MusicWeb International, July 2016

The Vorspiel und Prolog der Nachtigall opens with a smoothly modest unassertive vision. The orchestration is silvery and ushers in some dizzyingly high singing for the soprano Valentina Farcas. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, June 2016

Here we have an interesting program with music which one definitely should know, and most of the performances are attractive… © 2016 Pizzicato Read complete review





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