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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully sung Early Baroque songs., 20 Aug 2011
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J. Mcdonald "Yelochre" (Glasgow, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Lettere Amorose (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
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable, 16 Mar 2012
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Sid Nuncius (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Lettere Amorose (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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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, 4 Feb 2013
This review is from: Lettere Amorose (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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5.0 out of 5 stars I'd give it 6 stars if I could, 27 Sep 2012
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Mr. Christopher Harris "Chris in Brum" (Birmingham UK) - See all my reviews
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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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