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Heavy weather on the High "C's",
This review is from: Opera Arias (Audio CD)
La Netrebko may be winning all the headlines, but this disc displays her faults all too clearly.
Her technique is flawed - no trills, smudged runs; her high notes unreliable (or simply flat in some cases);her tone rather heavy and slavic for the repertoire. None of this would matter if she had the intellect to bring the music alive, and knowledge of the necessary languages. But on this evidence, she hasn't. She may aquire those things. I hope she does - it IS a gorgeous voice. But here the music fails to sparkle and live as it should - her phrasing is peculiar and her diction poor, her style, in short is unidiomatic.
Her Russian album is a different matter and shows her at her best. But she makes heavy weather of the Romantic repertoire on this disc.