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3.0 out of 5 stars Huge disappointment, 7 Jan 2014
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I purchased this CD having read a number of very favourable reviews. I am now left wondering if the reviewers were listening to the same recording as me! It is certainly very well recorded. Despite the fact that she is so highly praised in certain circles by the time I had reached the end of the CD I decided I disliked Elena Mosuc's voice. She has an intrusive vibrato and sometimes she makes ugly sounds, especially in her chest register; she swoops in a most exaggerated manner and even shrieks in places. One has the impression in some of the arias that she is marking time until she can get out the final, long-held high note when she can show off. Even then some of those stratospheric notes are a bit unsteady. She makes little contrast in the characterisation of the different heroines she is playing so that they all sound rather alike, which gets boring after a while. Probably the best items on the disc are from Lucia di Lammermoor. For me Mosuc falls far short in comparison with some of the great Donizetti/Bellini sopranos in these roles: look no further than Caballe if you want to hear this repertoire gloriously sung in the way it was intended.
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