The Art of Anne Sofie Von Otter
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Just listing the composers featured on The Art of Anne Sofie von Otter here would take up the allotted space. Suffice to say that from Handel, Mozart and Bach through to Berlioz, Korngold and Elvis Costello, this ravishing compilation sums up what we have long known--that von Otter effortlessly embraces so many styles of music with consummate artistry, character and technique. What more can you say? She is as at home with early music ensembles such as The English Concert and Les Musiciens du Louvre as with the Berlin Philharmonic in Mahler or Offenbach with the Dresden State Orchestra.
Churlish reservations relate only to the overall choice of repertoire--perhaps at the expense of a little less Mozart and Handel, still more space devoted to an uninterrupted sequence of songs with piano would be welcomed, an area where many find von Otter's gifts at their most compelling. The magical 1996 Swedish song album isn't represented at all, but then again a quick flip through the von Otter discography leaves one wishing so much else was included here. That would be totally impractical, of course, after all, who could buy this and not want then to explore her discography in detail? --Andrew Green
Top Customer Reviews
The Abba like number and moreover the Costello collaboration , which I thought I would hate but found rather enjoyable, show that she is capable of crossover without retaining operatic manners ( a rare ability ) but the album is marred by the appallingly overproduced Christmas numbers on CD2. I cannot imagine that there has ever been a more mucked about version of Stille Nacht .
Well worth buying though just use the programme button to avoid them .