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Barbara Bonney Sings Mozart

Barbara Bonney Sings Mozart

14 Jul 2009

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  • Original Release Date: 14 July 2009
  • Release Date: 14 July 2009
  • Label: Decca Music Group Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 1998 Decca Music Group Limited
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  • Total Length: 1:08:48
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  • ASIN: B001LR5IJY
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 468,240 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Holly McEdwards on 27 Jun 2007
Format: Audio CD
There's no passion in Bonney's voice, especially in Mozart. It's ironic, really, that she talks so much in interviews about how it's essential to act through the voice in Mozart, and yet in practice this is the one area in which she fails. The quality of the voice itself is stunning - light, silvery, effortlessly beautiful. But there's not one drop of emotion in her singing, and that's what Mozart opera is all about - emotion. It's a shame, really, because I adore lighter voices for Mozart - larger voices are often too heavy and generally don't have the dramatic flexibility that lighter voices have. Mozart needs to be acted as well as sung, however, and no amount of pure vocal beauty will make up for that. My advice would be to go and buy Magdalena Kozena's or Bryn Terfel's all Mozart albums instead - not only do they have superb voices, but they're marvellous actors too. Bonney's interpretation just doesn't cut it for me, no matter how lovely her voice is, and the orchestral playing on this CD in general is pretty lifeless.
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3 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Nov 2001
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Barbara Bonney is a great singer. I just wonder if it is really Mozart she is singing here. There seems to be an assumption somewhere along the way that Mozart, because he lived in the eighteenth century, should be sung as if he was a porcelain statuette incapable of the emotions expressed in the texts to which his operas are set. There are some moments here that drive me more and more insane every time I hear them: especially in heart-rending arias like "Ach, ich fühl's" from The Magic Flute, which Bonney treats with very strange lightness. There is a case to be made for a restrained Mozart style, but it is not made here. Restrained should not mean totally indifferent-sounding. What becomes especially off-putting after repeated listenings are all the little calculated effects, e.g. where the voice suddenly falls off or becomes strangely breathy. Whether Bonney meant it or not, this volume just speaks insincerity with some of the greatest arias of opera.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Mozart + Bonney=Outstanding! 24 Jan 2000
By D. Gammelgard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I consider Barbara Bonney to be the ultimate Mozart soprano, and that's it! Her beautiful and lyrical soprano is just perfect for the music. Her performance in Die Zauberflöte with Östman/Drottningholm is the best I have ever heard in that opera. The music of Mozart doesn't really require any Wagner-sopranos with huge vibrato and tasteless phrasing. No, it's more suitable for the lovely and brilliant sopranos like Barbara Bonney!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Nice, but quiet 13 Nov 2004
By Linda Yoder - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought this CD about a year and a half ago and play it all the time, but I do have to turn up the volume, especially in the car (which is a lousy place to listen to serious music anyway). I still prefer Bonney's "Deh vieni" to the other recordings I have, including Bartoli and Upshaw. I love the "Sull'aria," something omitted from a Nozze Highlights CD (also featuring Bonney) I also own. If you like Bonney, you'll probably love the recording.
11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
"Deep" voice for Susanna or Pamina??? Get off the juice!!! 20 Feb 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I don't know which Mozart one of the previous reviewer was professing to "worship" but it certainly isn't one I was raised listening to.
Turn up the hearing aid, if you must, but leave your Wagnerian tastes at home when you approach these Mozart roles being sung properly by the proper voice.
Wolfie would love her 4 Nov 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Clear, pure rounded tones...what's not to like? She and Mozart go together perfectly.Wonderful to listen to her and Bartoli and TeKanawa and compare.
Love that Maozart. 9 July 2013
By sarah williamson - Published on Amazon.com
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Who would not enjoy this music. I would recommend to anybody.Barbra Bonney is great.I give it top rating and play it constantly.
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