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Bill White
Fanfare, January 2018

The Frankfurt performance employs opera singers in the various roles, which often means better singing if perhaps a bit less effervescence. Finnish soprano Camilla Nylund brings a dramatic operatic voice to a Romantic, lyric role, but makes a success of it in the role of Angèle Didier, also an opera singer in the story. Nylund is able to lighten her voice appropriately as the romantic lead while bringing a level of vocal virtuosity seldom heard in this genre. Much the same can be said for tenor Daniel Behle as the Count, where high spirits and romantic yearning are the primary emotions required. © 2018 Fanfare Read complete review

Göran Forsling
MusicWeb International, December 2017

It is a performance of great vitality, excellently held together by the Korean conductor Eun Sun Kim. The orchestra and chorus are first class as we know from numerous recordings. The singing is on the whole worthy of the occasion. Louise Alder and Simon Bode are a charming couple as Juliette and Armand Brissard, Sebastian Geyer’s is a youthful Prince Basil, maybe too young-sounding, and veteran Margit Neubauer a Countess Stasa full of character. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Elliot Fisch
American Record Guide, November 2017

The singers in the Frankfurt performance are very good, and conductor Eun Sun Kim has a good sense of Lehar’s lyrical style. …The sound is excellent, and applause is kept to a minimum. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Richard Bratby
Gramophone, October 2017

Camilla Nylund is an engagingly nuanced Angèle, hitting her high notes in grand style but with a plangent, more shaded tone in intimate passages. Daniel Behle is a graceful René; and Louise Alder and Simon Bode strike sparks off each other as the young bohemians Juliette and Brissard.

This new release gives you just the music, in the published order, and with performers who clearly enjoy both Lehár’s escapism and his tenderness. © 2017 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone, August 2017

…the music is so wonderful, the orchestral playing so fine, and the singing by some of the soloists so good… The two female leads are particularly good: Camilla Nylund, an opera singer of considerable quality, is a wonderful choice for Angèle—who, in one of the libretto’s many felicitous touches, is an opera singer. And Louise Alder is light and airy enough to be a convincing Juliette… Eun Sun Kim has a knack for bringing out the composer’s delicious orchestral touches in this score—she particularly highlights the percussion, to fine effect… © 2017 Read complete review

Norbert Tischer
Pizzicato, July 2017

Though it has been recorded live in a concert performance, Franz Lehár’s successful operetta has plenty of theatrical presence. The cast is strong with really good singers in the principal roles, Daniel Behle as Graf von Luxemburg and Camilla Nylund as Angèle Didier. © 2017 Pizzicato

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