"The contrast between the ethereal treble voice of Aksel Rykkvin as the very manifestation of the child's innocence, and Golaud's uncontrollable desire and jealousy, expressed through the roaring bass baritone of Paul Gay, sends chills down one's spine."
"And last, but not least, the youngest on stage, the Norwegian boy treble Aksel Rykkvin, 13 years, who in addition to his very beautiful boy soprano voice, which now unfortunately probably quite soon will change, also dramatically performed his role in an outstanding fashion, with great confidence and ease in his presentation - a great experience to have witnessed this."
"Golaud’s son Yniold, unsettlingly beautifully sung by boy soprano Aksel Rykkvin, showed an unhealthy fascination for dolls and archery, the purity of his voice belying his already traumatic upbringing."
"Here we have in Aksel Rykkvin a Norwegian boy soprano who sets to work on this part with great energy and a very successful result [...] I think it's very impressive. He is a huge talent, let's hope he continues to develop after his voice change sets in. It is phenomenal that we have a boy soprano who is able to tackle this part, in Paris in 1902 they didn't [at the world premiere]. As far as I remember, he even had to shoot with a bow and arrow during parts of his singing, so it's just impressive, plain and simple."
"...an astonishing talent able to encompass the chosen programme with a maturity and confidence extending way beyond such tender years. The voice itself has a lovely quality - rounded and not without power, both physical and expressive [...] a remarkable CD that demands to be heard by anyone who loves the treble voice."
"Just grandiose! This boy will be famous once! [...] the spirit of innocence and young genius [...] vocal sovereignty, undaunted joy of life and the greatest possible naturalness. [...] This recording is exceptional. You should buy it for your son or daughter or simply listen to it yourself. Aksel has all the prerequisites for an international career!"
"The last time he was here, as a soloist in Bernstein's "Chichester Psalms" one and a half years ago, I wrote about a boy treble who was worth the price of admission on his own. This time around, what should I say? This was an absolute revelation! Aksel Rykkvin has everything required to make a short career great and successful: Musicality, technique, charm and on-stage aura. Also, seemingly a firm will to be good and deliver at his best."
"Rare mature musicianship! [...] He has a very strong technique, comparable to soloists twice his age. Aksel allows you to listen to his music without worrying about his ability to meet the challenges."
"Aksel Rykkvin set the web on fire with videos where his astounding soprano excelled with his art of vocalisation. We needed a whole recital, and here it is, cruising through the pyrotechnics of Bach, Mozart and Handel. Thirteen, and already a great [...] sublime voice [...] the phenomenon Aksel Rykkvin."
"Aksel Rykkvin is certainly a treble worth preserving - a mature, musical performer whose unbroken voice offers a fascinating alternative take [...]Rykkvin's passagework is nimble, his phrasing is instinctive [...] an accomplished and adult disc"
"If you are going to buy just one more CD this year, make sure that it is this one [...] a voice that is crystal clear, perfectly pitched and heavenly beautiful, but also a technique that allows him to do whatever he wants, coloratura and impeccable runs for instance."
"Youthful divine treasure [...] Aksel is in the ranks of children singers belonging to the great tradition of displaying exceptional powers in a repertoire for his age in addition to important technical requirements."
"Aksel Rykkvin makes a superb debut [...] Exceptionally polished performances and, one or two clipped bits of phrasings aside, mightily impressive vocal control from the 13-year-old Norwegian treble. The arias are well-chosen"
"Aksel Rykkvin changes the concept of a boy soprano [...] When I first heard Aksel Rykkvin singing, I could not stop laughing from amazement [...] Aksel Rykkvin’s voice has clarity, richness, technical assurance and artistic maturity [...] Rykkvin is the most astonishing musical sensation of the year."
"It is impossible not to be impressed by his soft and, for a boy soprano, rich timbre. Here we have a child prodigy who is simply born to sing [...] And I am happy that the "Aksel!" record after all has not been made as an equlibristic circus show, but focuses on musical presence in arias from "The Marriage of Figaro", Händel's "Messiah" and Bach's "St. John Passion. In those, Aksel Rykkvin is truly a big little miracle."
"13 years old Aksel Rykkvin from Norway sings Cherubino, and he does it so adorably, that someone should quite quiackly assemble a staging of Figaro for him [...] his way of singing is miles away from the usual, slightly bleating tones of other boy soloists [...] a downright booming vibrato [...] gives one a few centimeters of goosebumps [...] his intuition and instinctive perception of this music are quite unique."
"Be reassured, Aksel! is not the usual child star twaddle. Rykkvin certainly has a precocious musical sensibility, which should make him a star if he lasts the course.[...]His technique is excellent, with particularly fluent coloratura."
"What distinguishes him is his strong technique so that, as with more mature soloists, you listen to what he does with the music rather than whether or not he can negotiate the notes...Rykkvin's Handel singing is impressive, and he brings a wonderful brio to Barbara! io ben lo so from Alcina, whilst creating a creditable sense of emotional atmosphere and a lovely sense of line in Lascia ch'io pianga from Rinaldo...."
"remarkable abilities...astounding voice: intonation, diction, technique are all completely assured.....[the repertoire] demands vocal flexibility of the highest level, and Rykkvin tackles this with the same ease and confidence as a chamois in the Alps....it would be a grey soul who would not derive considerable joy from this recording."
"a stylish and assured debut indeed: from the opening track (the florid first aria from Bach's Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, which showcases his impressive agility as well as a clean, ringing top C!) it's immediately evident that he's already a singer with secure technique, thoughtful musicality and a tangible affection for the music he's performing."
"...a superb technique and flawless sense of pitch...His wonderful legato and sense of style makes it all sound perfectly natural and not forced..Rykkvin almost sounds like the classical equivalent of a natural-born yodeler, joyfully singing his way through music that would daunt a soprano twice his age."
“Aksel Rykkvin - world class boy soprano. 12 years old Aksel Rykkvin is enjoying great success as a boy soprano both here at home and abroad. Words such as 'sensational' and 'unique' is often used by critics about a voice and a musicality of a kind one rarely sees."
“Captured in St. Augustine’s Church in Kilburn, the disc will feature a selection of baroque and classical arias and will showcase the twelve-year-old’s exceptional vocal skill and musicality. Nigel thoroughly enjoyed working with Aksel, who, although only twelve, had remarkable stamina and stylistic flare."
“The audience[...]was besides themselves with excitement over the performances of the soloists Aksel Johannes Skramstad Rykkvin (12) and [...] Aksel is regarded as one of Europe's best boy sopranos, and the 12-year-old delivered in full measure in Elverum Church. The audience got goosebumps."
“In the second part, the 12 year old boy soprano Aksel Johannes Skramstad Rykkvin did an impressive effort. That such a young person is able to perform such a difficult solo part, virtually flawlessly in timbre and intonation!"
“The solo song performances [...] were beautifully performed by the boy soprano Aksel Johannes Skramstad Rykkvin. With his crystal clear voice the talented youngster set a particularly evocative and lovely tone for the proceedings."
“[…] young Aksel Johannes Rykkvin and Hedvig Bache Hungnes in the roles of Snow White and her friend Petter [are] outstanding.[…] Petter, Snow White´s friend who after a while becomes her boyfriend, is also a character inspiring confidence, that Aksel Johannes Rykkvin acts and sings equally well. We would love to have more scenes with Snow White and Petter interacting."