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  • Audio CD (4 Oct. 2010)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B003TVMIGG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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In music ranging from simple lamento to rollicking dance tunes, Magdalena Kožená unleashes her refined vocal and expressive abilities to convey every nuance implicit in the music and the texts. She explores the early Italian Baroque music of Monteverdi and his contemporaries with rewarding results. Inspired by the improvisational nature of much of this music, Kožená reveals yet another aspect of her musical personality.

Teamed with the six string-instrumentalists and percussion of the acclaimed consort group Private Musicke, Magdalena Kožená delivers an album in a fascinatingly different setting from any of her previous Baroque recordings.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Mcdonald TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Aug. 2011
Format: Audio CD
I was a little concerned that the repertoire here - from the age of Monteverdi, the early Baroque - would not sit well with Kozená`s vocal sound; this kind of material is usually the province of cool, vibrato-less sopranos - early-music specialists. I needn't have worried; the performances here are wonderful. Her interpretations have a spirited flamboyance and the colours of her voice bring the music to life with tastefully expressive passion, and a carefully reigned-in vibrato.
With the exception of Monteverdi and Strozzi, none of the composers here are likely to be known to many; the pieces chosen range from lilting dance tunes - Cacchini`s "Odi, Euterpe, il dolce canto" as a particularly swaggering example - to lover's laments - D`India`s setting of a Tasso poem "Ma che? Squallido e oscuro" with lyrics so morbid its guaranteed to appeal to your inner Goth. There is so much to like here, but the standout track for me is Strozzi`s "Udite amanti"` a lament Kozená treats with a glorious sensuality.
A word on the band, Private Musicke; these kinds of songs would normally have been performed with just a lute accompaniment; here the group use a variety of instruments with guitars very much to the fore. The richer sound this creates complements Kozená`s voice beautifully. There are five brief instrumental features on the disc which bring a nice improvisatory Spanish tinge to the proceedings.
Is this authentic period-performance? I know not and care not.
This is beautiful singing and playing and if any liberties are being taken it is for the enhancement of the music - Kozená is a performer I`ve learned to trust aesthetically and this is a splendid addition to my library.
I suggest you add it to yours too, you won't be disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 16 Mar. 2012
Format: Audio CD
I agree entirely with J. McDonald's excellent review here. This is a thoroughly enjoyable disc of very good music, excellently performed. Magdalena Kozena is a superb singer but I too had doubts about whether her style would fit this repertoire. No need to worry - it does. She retains her emotional engagement with the music but reins in the more operatic aspects of her voice, especially vibrato which is delicately used, and the result is a lovely, rewarding interpretation of these songs.

The instrumental group are equally good. They play a variety of instruments in accompaniment including guitars, theorbo, violone, harp and percussion. They are supple and extremely sympathetic, making the songs glow with beauty and emotion. The five brief instrumental pieces on the disc are hugely enjoyable and played with real zing.

The recorded sound is excellent, the notes good and the presentation attractive. It's a really good disc all round and very warmly recommended.
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Magdalena Kozena has a simply stunning voice, so so beautiful. Here she is accompanied on "plucked and bowed period instruments" and this is very very fine too. The recording is one of the best and of demonstration quality.

You might now know the repertoire but I don't think that matters. These are simple songs beautifully played and sung and who could ask for more than that.

Buy it!
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By Gunnar Spjuth on 4 Feb. 2013
Format: Audio CD
My favorit singer sings as usual great with a lovely ensemble of strings. Very intimate and expressive. Good mixed program with extrovert and introvert music.
G.Spjuth, Sweden
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve Duke on 24 Jan. 2015
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Oh no! Sigismondo d'India by way of Tosca? A bizarre parlour game where you do one type of music in the style of another, like The Beatles in the style of George Formby, Gregorian chant a la Tom Waits, jazz Bach? Horrrible! I couldn't disagree more with J.McDonald's review. This is one of the worst possible examples of the modern, bellowing, big-voiced mezzo being persuaded by the frightening might of the Deutsche Gramophon machine that she can make a good fist of this sort of material. And she CAN't! It's not a question of small-minded historically-informed performance nerds disapproving of a particular singing on principle - it's just that Kozena doesn't have the chops to do this properly. She has no lightness in the voice, she can't skip through the runs delicately enough and in fact seems to have almost no idea of basic ornamentation techniques. And her tone is just too BIG. The whole thing is summed up in the CD case picture - over-the-top emoting, like the stupid wedding-cake wedding dress she's wearing there. This is all great material, which I love deeply and it deserves so much better. At least it made me instantly go back to my 1980s/90s/2000s recordings, when singers like Figueras, Bott, Kirkby, Kiehr et al actually tried to sing this music in an appropriate style. Try 'Virtuoso Italian Vocal Music' by Catherine Bott and Philip Pickett's band. Or Monserrat Figueras' recordings of Caccini or Merula.
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