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Classical Opera - Apollo et Hyacinthus - MusicWeb International


01 September 2012
MusicWeb International

 

What a wonderful achievement for a boy hardly old enough to attend the grammar school for which the entertainment was intended. I seem to have been laggard in getting round to this recording - so much praise has been lavished on it, not least by our own John Sheppard, that I can only echo what they have written and confirm that the download is every bit as good as the disc. In one important respect, indeed, it's even better because it's available in a variety of 24-bit lossless versions at a price that won't put too much strain on your wallet or purse. The only possible reason to prefer the older recording conducted by Max Pommer, with generally slower tempi, on Berlin Classics is that it comes with Bastien und Bastienne on an inexpensive 2-CD set (0183702BC, £9.98 from classicsonline.com - see review of the same performance on Brilliant Classics).


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