'Ian Page's direction of Apollo carries rich promise of his ability to deliver a valuable contribution to historically-informed Mozart opera performance.' Opera
Recording of the Month: 'There are no weak links, with all making the most of the musical and dramatic opportunities provided.' MusicWeb International
'...sparkles from beginning to end...This has to be in any serious Mozart collection.' Audiophile Audition
Classical Opera has mounted two staged productions of Mozart's Apollo et Hyacinthus (1998 and 2006), with both receiving wide critical acclaim; The Independent stated, 'Classical Opera's polished debut in Apollo et Hyacinthus proved a pearl beyond price. Here was a work of staggering beauty riddled with sweet noises like Caliban's enchanted isle.'
This recording has been eagerly awaited since its 2007 debut CD, 'The A-Z of Mozart Opera' was released, described by David Vickers in Gramophone as 'glorious...fresh, diverse, insightful and illuminating'. The company features a mix of seasoned and young performers including Sophie Bevan and Lawrence Zazzo in the title roles.
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'The singers are consistently good'more >>The Guardian
Chosen as one of Stephen Pritchard's picks for the best of 2012American Record Guide
'They all do their best to bring the score to life.'more >>Golem Magazine
Translation from Italian review: 'the execution is crisp, full of moods and colors.'more >>MusicWeb International
'What a wonderful achievement for a boy hardly old enough to attend the grammar school for which the entertainment was intended'.more >>Pizzicato
'...d'une interpretation de très bonne qualité.'more >>Audiophile Audition
'sparkles from beginning to end...This has to be in any serious Mozart collection.'more >>Opera
'Ian Page's direction of Apollo carries rich promise of his ability to deliver a valuable contribution to historically-informed Mozart opera performance.'more >>The Independent
Review in French.more >>MusicWeb International
Recording of the Month: 'I cannot imagine a better start to Linn's intended series of recordings of Mozart's operas by Classical Opera.'more >>ClassicsToday.com
'A highly recommendable bauble'.more >>Gramophone
'first-rate singing'more >>The Observer
'Ian Page, setting out on an epic Mozart series for Linn, conducts a top cast...with the crisp and alert Classical Opera orchestra...'more >>Classical Music Magazine
'...a young, well-nigh perfect cast of singers...'more >>Opera Now
'Ek and Bevan lead an outstanding cast...'more >>BBC Music Magazine
'...all excellent, and Ian Page's band is neat and stylish.'more >>SA-CD.net
'An auspicious & thrilling start to what will surely prove to be an historic recording project.'more >>The Independent
'gracefully regal'more >>