Linn Records, 14 May 2012
“The Classical Opera Company’s polished début in Apollo et Hyacinthus proved a pearl beyond price. Here was a work of staggering beauty, riddled with sweet noises like Caliban’s enchanted isle”. Independent
Classical Opera’s eagerly awaited recording of Apollo et Hyacinthus marks the launch of its major new Mozart Opera Cycle on Linn Records.
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Apollo et Hyacinthus was written when the composer was only eleven years old. It is based on a tale from Ovid’s Metamorphoses and, unusually, is in Latin. The music is astonishingly accomplished, already revealing an extraordinary instinct and ability to capture the essence of each dramatic situation, and one can hear numerous pre-echoes of the masterpieces of Mozart’s maturity.
Classical Opera’s previous performances of the work have attracted unanimous critical acclaim.
“It was fun, fresh, thought provoking and one of the best nights at the opera I can remember having!” Musical Opinion
“Natus cadit, atque Deus”
Andrew Kennedy (Oebalus)