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Miah Persson - Songs by Schubert, Grieg and Sibeli&hellip ~ Miah Persson [soprano]
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful, 27 Nov 2013
If you have seen and listened to Miah Persson in her delightful interpretation on Così fan tutte at Glyndenbourne, you already know her liveliness and her sweet and shining timbre.
Here all her qualities are shown again. We can listen at a very pleasant repertoire, where IMHO she can stand on the same podium with Kirsten Flagstad, just one step below. I liked particularly her rendition of Auf dem Wasser zu singen, where her spirite and liveliness shine thorough; but also more dramatic lieder, as Gretchen am Spinnrade, and more soft, as Ein Traum, are a true plaisir.
She is beautifully accompanied by Roger Vignoles, whose precision and discretion never overwhelm the… Read more
Mozart: Don Giovanni ~ Lorenzo Regazzo
Mozart: Don Giovanni ~ Lorenzo Regazzo
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I am neither a musicologist, nor a musician, so, please, take my opinion for what it is: the simple description of the feelings risen by a beloved opera. Maybe yours will be very different.
I love Don Giovanni so much that I would love it even sung by a parish choir. I also respect deeply the work and labour of serious professionals. Thus, I could never give a real low rate to this disc; however, I cannot bring myself to truly love Jacobs' reading of Don Giovanni.
Two main reasons: my (humble) vision of Mozart's work and the cast.
I have always thought that the Da Ponte trilogy is a wonderful compendium of a christian illuminism. In these operas there is plenty of sinners,… Read more
Andreas Scholl - Bach Cantatas ~ Andreas Scholl
4.0 out of 5 stars An intellectual Bach, 30 Oct 2013
As far as I know, Bach's cantatas are not so often sung by countretenors. There may be lots of philological reasons, but, anyway: the common listener is more accostumed to male and female voices than to falsetto.
Thus, for example, I can easily recall great recordings by Susan Baker, Norman Prey or Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau of BMW82, and their rendition is so moving that tears easily fall down.
Scholl's cantatas do not follow this line, they are never "moving" in an easy going way. His measure and composure are extreme, his singing always precise and chiselled, so that this can sometimes appear a little "cold", but his maitrise is so high that sentiments are none theless conveyed,… Read more