Notes & Reviews:
American Record Guide, July/August 2015
The conductor is Berislav Klobucar, a maestro whom Ms Nilsson praised in her memoirs. Here he leads the huge orchestra quite ably, keeping the gigantic work seamlessly flowing despite several cuts in the score. His orchestra plays very well. The cast is up to the demands of the work. Walter Berry almost owned the role of Barak at the time; he sings beautifully and projects with every word the character of the common man who just wants to live an honest, simple life. As his royal counterpart, the Emperor, Finnish tenor Matti Kastu copes fearlessly with the high tessitura of the role. As the mysterious Nurse, Barbro Ericson projects the evil nature of this character; she sings this fearsome role with its huge range as if it were easy.