Roberto Brusotti - Musica magazine - October 2013
**** (Excellent Disc)
Sylvain Fort - Classica magazine (France) - September 2013
Music ***½ (Good/Very Good) Sound ****
Gerhard Persché - Fono Forum magazine - August 2013
"...This release is a fitting tribute for a conductor who knew precisely what he wanted in term of expression and colour, and who was blessed by having an orchestra – the LSO (of which he had been both Principal Conductor and President) – that could deliver it. Their rapport is palpable... The ghostly melodrama and other ingredients of this romantic opera (the horn-playing and instrumental solos are terrific) come across with such vigour and immediacy that it’s hard to realise that Sir Colin Davis is no longer here to continue generating his special magic."
Peter Reed - classicalsource.com - 18 June 2013
"...Weber’s beguiling score is full of rustic energy and vivid evocations of the natural world. The winning cast is headed by the tenor Simon O’Neill, who brings both heroic heft and Mozartean lyricism to Max. The luminous soprano Christine Brewer is wonderful as Agathe ... The astonishing Wolf’s Glen scene, when Max enters a haunted realm of the Forest, is Weber at his most ingenious and Davis’s performance captures the music’s ominous and magical allure."
Anthony Tommasini - The New York Times - 21 June 2013
Performance **** Recording *****
"...This is a sincere reading of the work ... The orchestral textures are pristine, the tempos and colours bracing and plaintive, with faultless work from clarinettist Chris Richards ..."
Anna Picard - BBC Music magazine - August 2013
"There is no sign of failing powers in Sir Colin Davis’s last opera recording taken from live performances at the Barbican: his account of Weber’s score captures both its folkish ebullince and the Gothic horrors of the Wolf’s Glen scene ... Christine Brewer and SallyMatthews give glowing accounts of their arias."
Rupert Christiansen - The Daily Telegraph - 8 June 2013