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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impeccable beauty, 11 Dec 2013
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Personally I always dread recordings with the words 'romance', 'love songs' or any such variance. It always gives an impression of something obviously targeted at a specific market, with one eye firmly on the lowest possible denominator.

'Romantique' by Elina Garanca then is that special utter delight that doesn't get pulled down by it's title.

Engineering, recording, arrangements and playing are all at the top of their game here, but the star of the show is of course Garanca, and she is aural perfection. Without needless comparisons to singers in days gone by, it is not going too far to say that Elina Garanca is certainly a contender for one of the greatest contemporary mezzo-soprano's. For me personally her voice is absolutely perfect, in every way that counts. But what lifts her above other singers who share the same repertoire, is the sheer warmth in her voice, and it is this that comes through in every note.

Talking of the repertoire, here we are treated to some less well-known pieces, but no less beautiful. And for anyone who is still fairly new to this material, or these composers, here is an ideal introduction.

5 out of 5 for me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great singer, great program, fine orchestra . . . . but the sound engineering?!?, 5 Dec 2014
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Stanley Crowe (Greenville, SC) - See all my reviews
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I have to agree with those on American amazon.com who have issues with the sound engineering choices. On my decent Bose headphones, the singer and orchestra are both very present but rather obviously in different aural space. Garanca suffers -- she sounds as if she's in a slightly "boomy" acoustic, and one result is that the voice seems a bit spread and the diction doesn't come through clearly in the higher reaches especially, even though she obviously has no trouble with the notes. The orchestra, on the other hand, sounds fine, and the wind instruments come through beautifully in the very-well wrought accompaniments to the arias here.

And it's a shame. This is a very fine voice, I think, and the program is excellent. Most of the material here, like the arias from "The Maid of Orleans," "Sapho" and "Le Roi d'Ys," is not all that familiar and usually can be found only on recital discs. The arias from "Samson et Dalila," "La Damnation de Faust," and "La Favorite" are more familiar, but it's great to hear them sung as well as they are here. My favorite, and it's just maybe that it took me by surprise, was the aria from Vaccai's "Giulietta e Romeo." (Vaccai had been hitherto unknown to me.) It's part of the tomb scene, obviously, and according to the program booklet, was sometimes substituted into the last scene of Bellini's "I Capuletti ed i Montecchi" -- it's absolutely beautiful, and beautifully sung here. Garanca's singing throughout is marvelous. She has a warm, rounded voice that retains its quality all the way down and up, and at this stage of her career, at least, she isn't at all stressed by the demands of this music. With better engineering, this would be a no-brainer 5-star recommendation. The sound deserves a good bit less, but I have to go with four, for the sake of the musicians.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb album from the Worlds leading Mezzo, 2 Oct 2012
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Worth the wait after DG delayed the release date. Shame Amazon couldn't get a pre-order out on the release date.

Elina Garanca has built on her previous releases and this is a worthy addition by the World's leading mezzo soprano. Her voice transcends the repertoire with ease, her velvety smooth as silk tones bring the music to life,from the very popular and well known Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix to the less well known pieces such as the Lalo.

This album has been previewed to death with audio and video clips being promoted for months. Unlike some films where previews show all that is worth seeing,this album is much more than its previews. If you are a fan of Elina you will love this album. If however you would prefer to hear an album of more popular content you may want to try Habanera first and then come back to hear this album.

BTW well done DG for not spoiling this release with poor engineering.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstandingly beautiful singing and interpretation of some familiar, 17 Aug 2014
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Outstandingly beautiful singing and interpretation of some familiar, some more unusual choices (not least a tenor aria). For my money one of the finest singers ever to have graced the opera scene. Poised, passionate and intelligent, it's an unusual combination.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elina Granaca, 30 Dec 2012
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Garanca's singing is as good as ever it was. Her interpretation of Mon Coeur S'ouvre A Ta Voix is very interesting.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection!, 3 Feb 2013
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Elina Garanca has a marvellous voice and this recording shows her off at her best. An interesting choice of arias.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!, 8 Nov 2012
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This is a recording by a consummate artist at the height of her power. Peerless musicianship in control of a warm and uninhibited voice of great strength.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 18 Oct 2014
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Excellent
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas present, 25 Dec 2012
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This is a lovely present and my daughter loves it. She has not had it before but loves the fresh fragrance.
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