on 17 October 2010
Patricia Petibon gives highly involving performances of the virtuoso high coloratura repertoire from the familiar to some of the relatively unfamiliar Haydn and Gluck and the lesser known Zaide . Her diction whether in French, German or Italian ,unlike some coloratura sopranos, remains very clear throughout. Really spirited and committed singing and fearless attack in the highest vocal registers. Very able support by the orchestra Concerto Koln.
The only thing to be unsure about in this disc is the title : Amoureuses: How does the title fit the spirited revenge / hatred aria of the Queen of the Night? Perhaps the company felt her dramatic recording of this aria demanded early inclusion on her recorded repertoire.
GOOD VALUE DISC
WELL WORTH BUYING ( which I have) whether you have few or many recordings of coloratura sopranos.
This is an excellent disc of opera arias from Patricia Petibon. She has chosen music which is very well suited to her voice and sings it superbly.
The programme is a very well chosen selection of arias by Mozart, Gluck and Haydn. Some are very well-known - there is a cracking rendition of The Queen of the Night's aria, for example - and some much less so. I am particularly pleased that there is a generous helping of Haydn here. Haydn's operas are not that great as entire works with largely rather silly plots, uninspiring libretto and lots and lots of recitative, but Haydn's music itself is fantastic and it is great to have a decent selection on this disc.
Patricia Petibon sings beautifully. Her voice is lovely, with a richness in the lower register particularly which sometimes makes my spine tingle. Her interpretations are excellently judged and she puts just the right amount of feeling into them to give the arias real meaning without over-egging it. Concerto Köln play brilliantly, giving the whole disc a real glow.
In short, this disc is a joy to listen to and has genuine depth and musical merit. Warmly recommended.
on 26 May 2012
Patricia Petibon always surprises me how good she really is. Her singing is full of emotion, dare, risk supported with perfect technique and wonderful tone. The range is large, strong in the lower registers and bright, beautiful and steady at the top. Her lung capacity is extrodinary, I thought that only Gruberova could sing Lucio Silla! Lets hope she keeps recording and remains in fine voice.
on 6 August 2009
This is a bang, not a whimper. Patricia Petibon is no doubt a stunning soprano. Her voice is radiant, confident and strong. Perhaps too strong on occasions so you are well advised to keep the volume control handy. Most of the repertoire is well chosen and helps to bring the best in the singer. All the same, I would love to hear someday how Ms Petibon handles Handel. However, judging from this record's vocal fireworks, we are more likely to hear Ms Petibon singing Puccini or Verdi next than good old GFH. Please, no duets with Ms Netrebko, though.