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Charles H Parsons
American Record Guide, November 2015

If ever there was a singer born to play Lear surely it is the Finnish bass Matti Salminen. His physical stature and command of vocal and acting abilities dominate the stage. He calls forth depths of emotion as much as any Shakespearean. All of the singers make good impressions… © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



James H. North
Fanfare, November 2015

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau delivered the goods vocally and dramatically. Reimann’s Bo Skovhus has a strong stage presence and is a mesmerizing singing actor. Matti Salminen is a towering figure physically as well as vocally. In Lear’s rages he rises above every head on stage; in Lear’s despair, he manages to shrink his presence. His potent bass thunders over and through the orchestra; no actor has ever declaimed “Howl, howl, howl!” with greater force. Jorma Silvasti’s Edmund is a slick, evil villain. Taina Piira is an amazing Goneril, seductively beautiful at one moment, frighteningly evil the next. All the roles are well sung and well acted. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Mike Ashman
Gramophone, July 2015

The Sallinen’s Finnish cast is impressive… There is some classy singing from Salminen in the title-role…

…hugely recommended. © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone





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