15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Sublime, soulful singing; splendid sound,
This review is from: Handel: Arias / Theodora / Serse / Cantata La Lucrezia (Audio CD)
There's not a lot to add to the other reviewer's thoughtful and accurate assessment except for some notes on sound and a comparison or two.
Ms Lieberson gives us Handel, and Lucrezia et al. Unlike Fleming in her recent recital, she doesn't just give us the diva, but explores this wonderful music fully. I, too, was reminded of Janet Baker in Lucrezia, but to my ears Ms Lieberson is not only as intelligent and dramatic as Baker, she produces a lovelier sound. This must be the best recording Lucrezia has ever received (and special plaudits here to Bicket and co's wonderful accompaniment). As for the Theodora excerpts, not only are they soulful, they're characterful too.
I'm not normally a big mezzo fan but Ms L. could change anyone's mind. Bravo.
The disc was recorded in (pure) DSD and that helps set it apart from the other two Handel recitals on SACD, the Fleming and La Maga Abandonata). Both of those showed the limitations of even 24 bit PCM recordings in a tendency to saturate, - but Avie's recording is as spacious, noble and clean as Ms L's singing. M/C affects are both discreet and discrete: the sound is marvellous but never gimmicky.
In short, this is a disc in a million, a real Rosette record. And at the price you can find it at on amazon, you'd be mad not to buy it. Get this disc now, - it will improve your life!!