"... The florid writing is extremely well handled here by a splendid cast, Samuel Boden’s Paris and Ashley Riches’ Mercury in particular, while the opera is directed by Julian Perkins with verve and wit..." ****
Brian Robins - Early Music Today magazine - June- August 2014
Performance **** Recordings ****
"... this is a genial performance that brings to light a surprisingly lovely work, and one that would make the perfect partner to Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in the opera house."
Kate Bolton - BBC Music magazine - June 2014
"...The stand-out singer is the tenor Samuel Boden, who sings the role of the shepherd Paris. He combines in his performance a beautiful high tenor voice, a fine appreciation of historically informed Baroque style, sensitivity towards the accompanying instruments and a well-developed dramaticflair... Listening to him is simply delightful... The FLAC version, when played on a real hi-fi device or system, is beautifully airy and especially enhances the voices... The booklet includes programme notes that are both informative about the work itself and also situate it within the historical context of late seventeenth-century English opera..."
Christopher Price - International Record Review - May 2014