Ariadne on Naxos
Classic FM Magazine
‘The first part of the piece is a quick-fire scene in which the various performers flirt and fight before the performance, and it could hardly be sung with more spirit or fun. Stephen Fry is delightfully pompous in the short spoken-role of the Major-Domo too. In the second part Christine Brewer makes a glorious Ariadne, and tenor Robert Dean Smith impresses with his unforced, shining account of the cruelly demanding role of Bacchus...
An excellent English-language performance that can stand alongside, although not displace, benchmarks such as Herbert von Karajan’s 1954 recording.’