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"The young Persian is not only a spirited conductor, but has
developed into a technically higly-skilled and aware orchestral
director. He has personality and offers thoroughly individual
interpretation of works."
"A top-class conductor with excellent technique. One who makes music
with much felling and dedication."
"Alexander Rahbari´s account has all the thrust you need for an
ambitious work which owes more to Beethoven than to the French
"A real conductorial star emerges: Alexander Rahbari is an Iranian
who worked under Karajan and his leadership is sensitive,
intelligent and totally idiomatic."
"And what this version has in abundance is a real sense of drama,
with some ravishing orchestral work and some finely judged tempi
from Alexander Rahbari, an Iranian who conducts as though he were
the most full-blooded of Italians."
"All this would not have been possible without the strong guiding
hand of the conductor, Alexander Rahbari, who perfectly reflects
Puccini’s tempi, the orchestra providing the most superb playing."
"But the real stars are the Brussels Radio and Television Orchestra
and conductor Alexander Rahbari, who made a number of recordings for
Naxos before helping found Discover. Rahbari conjures ravishing tone
without descending to the banal and makes one realise why the deeply
religious composer was so committed to it."
"A conductor of invincible strength and great extention!"
"Rahbari has a real rapport with the despondent realism of the
opera. The opening orchestral music gives an unusually precise
intimation of the tragedy about to unfold. He is carried along by
the lyric urgency of the duet, refusing to indulge expressive detail
in the manner of so many conductors who end up crippling the score’s
"The BRTN Philharmonic Orchestra of Brussels, conducted by Alexander
Rahbari is excellent musical scene painters and accompanists,
unerringly providing the diverse and vibrant colours of Puccini’s
score and deftly underpinning the points of high drama."
"...Rahbari proves a more discerning and lively conductor than the
phlegmatic Bartoletti. Rahbari is not only more adept at pointing up
Puccini’s wonderfully apt orchestration but also more successful in
maintaining dramatic interest."
"Conductor Alexander Rahbari draws excellent playing from the
English Northern Philharmonia."
"The Golden Cockerel is played with all the magic inherent in it by
the English Northern Philharmonia, conducted by Alexander Rahbari."
"A further share of the laurels must go to the orchestra, whose
continual high standards we should never allow ourselves to take for
granted. Alexander Rahbari has his players eating out of the palm
from the start."
"… highest quality from the Opera North’s renowned chorus and
orchestra conducted by Alexander Rahbari. It all adds up to a
marvellous evening’s theatre."
"Alexander Rahbari’s conducting of the Orchestra and Chorus of the
Belgian Radio and Television has plenty of punch in the public
scenes, welcome delicacy in the intimate exchanges in which the
opera abounds. He is clearly a man who knows his theatrical
"Another bargain issue from Discover. Rahbari again shows his
affinity with Verdi. Rahbari´s vital direction persuades his
Barcelona choir and orchestra to great deeds…. Recommend this
exiting, faithfully recorded set."
"…The orchestral performance is first-rate in the assured hands of
"Alexander Rahbari gets the most from Verdi’s music, drawing
confident playing from the orchestra and lusty singing from the
"Alexander Rahbari’s conducting is crisply exciting… a fine and
convincing staging…and there’s impressive singing to match."
"… Most enjoyable operatic performance. It beats most of the