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The voice remains in remarkable condition, as strongly radiant, firm, and secure as ever. And of course the characteristics that have made her so prized in this repertoire, the perfect shaping of line and outstanding diction, remain, still more finely honed.
If you know Rota’s music only from his film scores, this would be an ideal place to start exploring his legacy. Those familiar with Rota’s music, even if there are duplications, will find this a valuable addition for the quality of the playing alone.
The performances, while undoubtedly in good Baroque style (the period Wiener Akademie are excellent), offer the latent thrill of a large instrument in a large hall. If for some this might not seem the stuff of a definitive recording, it is certainly fun to listen to.
No player currently treading the boards is quite as exciting in this music as violinist Barnabás Kelemen. This extraordinary disc finds him in intimate and animated musical conversation with like-minded musicians.
Helmchen gives real substance to the Konzertstück, rendering details exquisitely yet without exaggeration. Soprano Anna Prohaska is a marvelous storyteller, although it's her viscous legato that impresses most.
Goerner opens the Burleske with blistering energy. The opening salvos are dispatched with thrilling urgency. The early Serenade receives a big and generous performance which offers many stirring moments in sound that is pleasingly rounded and blended.
The warm, direct performance by the gathered forces here is optimal. The two ensembles, though separate, have worked together for a long time, and the smoothness of their work under director Lionel Meunier is notable.
Conductor Jonathan Cohen is working with excellent soloists, led by soprano Sandrine Piau, who has a crushing 14 arias and brings personality to each one.
This is an exhilarating, no-holds barred romp through vocal and instrumental music from Renaissance-era England. There’s delight after delight here, both in repertoire and performances.
A ClassicsToday 10/10! Even in a catalog awash with distinctive Chopin Preludes cycles, Abduraimov’s stellar technique, intelligent musicianship, and feeling for nuance stand out.
A Gramophone Editor's Choice! The force of personality at the center of this adventurous disc comes from Patricia Kopatchinskaja The playing throughout is superb in its focus, precision and concentration.