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Terry Barfoot
MusicWeb International, January 2014

Sebastian Weigle conducts a strongly articulated performance, recorded very successfully…The singers acquit themselves with distinction. They are either beautiful in tone and contour, or dramatically involved, as the case may be.

The chorus has an important role and sings very well, while the orchestral playing is splendid too, including a significant part for solo violin…The recorded sound responds to the chamber music delicacy of much of the score.

The cast is a strong one with a good sense of teamwork…Julia Juon takes the role [of the Hexe] most effectively, and her interpretation is more than a mere caricature…Nikolay Borchev sings the role of the Minstrel, who has the task of explaining the tragic resolution of the story…Daniel Behle, in the role of the Königssohn, is also assured, and he copes well with the demands of the frequently high tessitura…Amanda Majeski as the Goose-Girl is on excellent form too.

The musical aspects of this performance of Königskinder are very satisfying… © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Richard Sininger
American Record Guide, January 2014

Sebastian Weigle leads his Frankfurt forces impeccably. There is some truly beautiful orchestral playing, the children’s chorus is wonderful, and the solo artists sing very well. The entire cast is very strong… © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Lynn René Bayley
Fanfare, January 2014

…I’d recommend getting this audio-only recording…this is an absolutely splendid performance of the music, and that, in essence, is what carries the story…Sebastian Weigle is quite obviously a master conductor; he moves things at a splendid pace, shaping and enlivening the music with so much pointing, and a tremendous range of orchestral colors that alternately lighten and darken the mood of the music, that in the end I found it as miraculous a conducting job…Moreover, he has an absolutely splendid cast to work with. Soprano Majewski as the goose girl has a splendidly youthful, bright-sounding voice…Borschev, as the musician, has an equally lovely baritone voice…

Another point in this recording’s favor is the excellent vocal acting if the principals…the singers all act out their music with wonderful attention to the words.

But best of all is the way the music simply tumbles out of your speakers. It is as if no effort whatsoever went into the rehearsals, as if everyone—principal singers, secondary singers, the orchestra, even the children’s chorus—had simply learned this music so well that they could play and sing it in their sleep. The flow of the opera is continuous; you are never bored for so much as one minute. It all keeps moving, and flowing, and changing in mood and color, and you as a listener are completely swept away by it.

You can’t go wrong with this recording; it is, quite simply, one of the greatest I’ve ever heard of any opera, regardless of genre…put the CDs on and enjoy! © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review

Michael Johnson, September 2013

This is a very lovely and skilfully-made recording. On would never guess it is taken from live performances…Frankfurt Opera can be congratulated for doing so well by Königskinder “The King’s Children”, which has most definitely fallen into the “rarity”…column of the repertory.

The cast are all well-chosen for their roles. The fresh, youthful voices of tenor Daniel Behle and soprano Amanda Majeski are ideal for the royal children. Rising young baritone Nokolay Borchev gives a glowing account of the Minstrel. Julia Juon brings gravitas to the role of Die Hexe (“The Witch”)…Other roles are strongly sung and the children are fine, too. It is lovingly paced by Sebastian Weigle, and balances and the the overall acoustic are just what one would wish.

Oehms Classics have now released 13 CDs from Opera Frankfurt, with a 14th (Rienzi) due next year. I eagerly anticipate more. © 2013 Read complete review

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