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Strauss: Elektra (Baden-Baden Festspielhaus)

Strauss: Elektra (Baden-Baden Festspielhaus)

Linda Watson (Elektra); Jane Henschel (Klytämnestra); Manuela Uhl (Chrysothemis); René Kollo (Aegisth); Albert Dohmen (Orest);

"Never do Christian Thielemann and the Munich Philharmonic overwhelm the singers: they make chamber music, in effect, with no bombast whatever." (International Record Review)

Strauss: Renée Fleming in Concert (Salzburg Festival)

Strauss: Renée Fleming in Concert (Salzburg Festival)

Renée Fleming (Soprano);

"Strauss's ingenious orchestral passages are highlighted." (BBC Music Magazine)

Strauss: Salome (The Royal Opera)

Strauss: Salome (The Royal Opera)

Nadja Michael (Salome); Michaela Schuster (Herodias); Thomas Moser (Herod); Joseph Kaiser (Narraboth); Michael Volle (Jokanaan);

"Nadia Michael's Salome can sing and dance with comparable flair and accuracy. Thomas Moser's Herod is genuinely moving...The orchestra plays spendidly under Philippe Jordan and Jonathan Haswell's photography is more imaginative than the work of his colleague at La Scala." (The Penguin Guide)

Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress (Glyndebourne)

Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress (Glyndebourne)

Topi Lehtipuu (Tom Rakewell); Miah Persson (Anne Trulove); Matthew Rose (Nick Shadow);

"Topi Lehtipuu as Tom is very fine too. He captures very well indeed Tom’s love for Anne, which is genuine and will be his salvation, but which he abandons by weakness of will. Miah Persson is adorable as Anne. She brings out beautifully the vulnerability of the character, but crucially she has brilliantly understood the steely determination present in Anne’s music, and acts it out, both physically and vocally, to perfection. The smaller roles are beautifully taken, and the chorus sings and acts splendidly. Time and again I was struck, as never before, by the sheer beauty of the sound of this work, and the orchestra plays magnificently under the inspiring direction of Vladimir Jurowski...Rapturously received in many quarters, you are likely to love it or hate it. Either way, there is no question, this life-enhancing DVD from Glyndebourne is truly special and not to be missed." (Musicweb International)

Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress (La Monnaie)

Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress (La Monnaie)

Laura Claycomb (Anne Trulove); Andrew Kennedy (Tom Rakewell); William Shimell (Nick Shadow); Julianne Young (Mother Goose); Dagmar Peckova (Baba the Turk);

"Lepage has forged a reputation as one of the mostvisionary theatre directors of our age...The Rake’s Progress is heading our way, and it promises to be ahighlight of the 2007/8 season." (The Sunday Times)

Szymanowski: Król Roger (The Royal Opera)

Szymanowski: Król Roger (The Royal Opera)

Mariusz Kwiecień (Roger II); Saimir Pirgu (Shepherd); Georgia Jarman (Roxana); Kim Begley (Edrisi); Alan Ewing (Archbishop); Agnes Zwierko (Deaconess);

"... directed with flair, clarity and intelligence by Kasper Holten. Steffen Aarfing’s setting of a tiered arena dominated by a massive sculpted head is enormously impressive..." (The Daily Telegraph ★★★★★)