"… a fascinating glimpse into the history of the Salzburg Festival…The designer is Rudolf Heinrich, whose atmospheric sets cleverly suggest the different rooms in the Almaviva mansion within which Rennert, as ever, directs the work with an unforced feeling for the thoughts and actions of the Count’s scheming household and entirely without exaggeration…Berry’s then-reigning Figaro leads his eponymous opera with the confidence and exuberance of long experience in the part. His antagonist is the sturdy, impulsive Count of Wixell, obviously driven by testosterone. Both sing with absolute command of the stage and boast exemplary tone and technique with voices of properly contrasted timbre… Reri Grist’s Susanna is at once worldly-wise and quick-witted…" - Alan Blyth, GRAMOPHONE
Heitor Villa-Lobos is without a doubt Brazil's most famous composer and one of the great creative personalities of the twentieth century. His oeuvre is gigantic in its dimensions and perhaps can be compared only to that of Darius Milhaud, who, by the way, was a close friend of his. In any case, Villa-Lobos was the first to introduce the music of Latin America to the world's concert halls, and influences from this music do indeed abound in his oeuvre. cpo is now presenting the first complete recording of his colossal symphonic work complex in a boxed set of seven CDs at a special low price! The SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra under the American star conductor Carl St. Clair has taken on this enormous task, and the result can only be described as a bravura achievement. You can look forward to an orchestral tour de force operating on the highest level!
GRAMOPHONE Magazine Editor's Choice - February 2016. dB Productions celebrate the 150th anniversary of Carl Nielsen with two CD volumes of his music! Featured again on this second volume is one of Sweden’s leading violinists, Cecilia Zilliacus, in Nielsen’s violin concerto. The Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra is conducted by young rising star, Daniel Blendulf.