Notes & Reviews:
Following its successful full length opera, 'Artaxerxes', Classical Opera return with the first in an epic series of Mozart operas 'Apollo et Hyacinthus'. Classical Opera was founded in 1997 by conductor Ian Page. It specialises in the music of Mozart and his contemporaries, performing with its own period-instrument orchestra, and is considered one of Britain's most exciting and highly regarded young arts organisations. The company features a mix of seasoned and young performers including Klara Ek (Melia), Sophie Bevan (Hyacinthus), Lawrence Zazzo (Apollo), Christopher Ainslie (Zephyrus), Andrew Kennedy (Oebalus), Marcus Farnsworth and David Shipley (Priests of Apollo). These young singers and a period-instrument orchestra deliver uniformly superb interpretations. -Gramophone
With inspiriting conducting lissom and, where apt, punchy orchestral playing, and first-rate singing from company regulars, their performance of this thoroughly charming intermedio could hardly be bettered...the bright, extrovert Lawrence Zazzo contrasts well with the more contained, rounded tones of Christopher Ainslie...Klara Ek and Sophie Bevan bring to their arias a poise and panache.
BBC Music Magazine
It's an astonishing piece for an 11 year-old, of course, though not in the same league as Mozart's mature works. The Classical Opera Company principals do very nicely by it. Tenor Andrew Kennedy, sopranos Sophie Bevan and Klara Ek and countertenor Lawrence Zazzo are all excellent, and Ian Page's band is neat and stylish.
Even by the standards of Mozart's astonishingly precocious childhood, this is an extraordinary achievement...Ian Page, setting out on an epic Mozart series for Linn, conducts a top cast, ...with the crisp and alert Classical Opera orchestra driven along by the fine harpsichordist Steven Devine.
American Record Guide, November/December 2012
I find the vibratoless strings annoying. Multilingual booklet with Latin-English texts. Ms Ek's intense, excellent vocalism makes her the star of the show.
The Independent, 28th July 2012
This scintillating recording of the 1767 Latin opera reveals just how early Mozart's instinct for character was formed...The cast is beautifully contrasted...Andrew Kennedy sings Oebalus with authority and elegance.
Recording information: Blackheath Halls, London, England (08/13/2011-08/15/2011).
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Works DetailsMozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Apollo et Hyacinthus, opera, K. 38
- Conductor: Ian Page
- Ensemble: Orchestra of Classical Opera
- Notes: Blackheath Halls, London, England (08/13/2011-08/15/2011)
- Running Time: 47 min. 31 sec.
- Period Time: Classical
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1767