Received this as a present, having previously only come across Izzy onClassic FM-TV doing a rather cold and stilted version of Rabbie Burns' "MyLove Is Like A Red Red Rose" from an earlier CD. This latest collectionturns out to be much warmer, and shows more maturity in presentation andproduction.
The album starts off in operatic vein, no heavy stuff, just smoothreadings well known arias of Handel, Mozart, Puccini. Then, almostseamlessly, it changes direction into traditional folk songs of oldEngland, France and America, and a fantasy on Rimsky-Korsakov'sScheherezade. Throughout Izzy's soprano voice and diction are clear andstrong, without any shrillness or excessive vibrato, and the orchestralarrangements behind her are dreamy but subtle. It's an excellent album towind down to without dropping off completely.