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Gary Lemco
Audiophile Audition, August 2018

The driven, arched and clear phrases Rosbaud elicits tempt me to label him “the German Toscanini,” given the poignancy of his literalist approach. The voluptuously flexible reading of the Tannhauser Overture (2/6/59) conveys a seamless, linear approach similar in style to what we hear in Sawallisch and Schmidt-Isserstedt, yet the patina retains a warmth that belies its sobriety. The wind section—and so, too, the violin solo—relishes the flourishes and curlicues in the musical line, while the strings sweep upward with the eroticism of the Venusberg. © 2018 Audiophile Audition Read complete review

David Hurwitz, March 2018

Some of you may be familiar with a phenomenon most often encountered in sharks and rays called “tonic immobility.” You flip the critter on its back and stroke it’s belly, and it lapses into a trance that can last as long as fifteen minutes. I’m sure it’s no coincidence that this happens to be approximately the length of the prelude to Parsifal, and that is precisely the effect the music usually has on me. After two measures, unless the performances is astoundingly captivating, I will have no memory of anything more until the piece ends. Rosbaud’s version, tasteful and musical, even elegant, as always with this artist, didn’t keep me awake. It took me about six days to get through it. © 2018 Read complete review

Peter J. Rabinowitz
Fanfare, January 2018

Not only are the performances first-rate, but in addition, unlike much Rosbaud material that has circulated on less reliable labels, they come directly from good sources and are well mastered. © 2018 Fanfare Read complete review

Rob Cowan
Gramophone, November 2017

Hans Rosbaud conducts Wagner Overtures SWR19036CD
Hans Rosbaud conducts Weber and Mendelssohn SWR19040CD

Reviewing recordings featuring the German conductor Hans Rosbaud is difficult simply because the only thing worth saying is that everything Rosbaud does sounds so right. © 2017 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Roger Hecht
American Record Guide, September 2017

As a conductor, Rosbaud was a specialist in modern music, and he led many Second Viennese School works. …His manner with Wagner is straightforward, somewhat slow, with molded, warm phrases, and a nice sinewy quality to the strings. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Rob Maynard
MusicWeb International, June 2017

Rosbaud’s expert control of orchestral balance and dynamics and his innate understanding of Wagner’s musical idiom delivers exquisitely crafted and utterly satisfying performances. The orchestra plays its collective heart out for him. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review

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