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Critical Acclaim for Wagner: ‘Siegfried’, Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe

“If one wanted to name one constant in the new Karlsruhe Ring, the answer would be very clear: it is the Badische Staatskapelle and its Music Director Justin Brown that impress in the cycle with a well-rounded musical foundation of varied and carefully produced colours that is always very singer-friendly. This bears witness to the great experience the orchestra has with the works of Richard Wagner. Laying it on thick is not Justin Brown’s approach, which is not to say that swelling symphonic dynamics were lacking. Once again in the third part of the Ring he concentrated on achieving fine-grained orchestral playing with enthralling attack, while taking care that the individual instrumental groups were all clearly audible. … Surely very few upper mid-level houses have such a trump card up their sleeve as this orchestra when it comes to performing Wagner on an internationally competitive level.”

-J.M. Wienecke, Das Opernglas, 7.3.17

“The performance was a triumph for Music Director Justin Brown and the Badische Staatskapelle. One has to travel far to hear Wagner of this quality. Everything was in place: the details as well as the overarching structure, the fine judgement of the quiet, introspective passages as well as of the huge, symphonic outbursts, the sensitive accompaniment of the singers as well as the insight into what stands behind the notes.”

– Sigrid Feeser, Die Rheinpfalz, 6.12.17

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