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Didonato, Joyce: Songs Of Faure, Hanh & Head; Arias By Rossini And Handel

August 22, 2006

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  • Original Release Date: November 30, 2005
  • Label: Wigmore Hall
  • Total Length: 1:06:31
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  • ASIN: B0010WJZ80
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,000 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Steve49w on August 22, 2006
Format: Audio CD
A friend of mine in the U.K. sent me a copy of this CD and I was blown away. Joyce DiDonato sings with terrific style and interpretation. I believe that this CD will be the one that puts her over the top! Her voice reminds me a little of von Stade's at that point in her career and her repertoire choices were brilliant. This is a record I sincerely recommend to anyone interested in good singing and beautiful music.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Varner on December 26, 2006
Format: Audio CD
What an incredible CD! This is your opportunity to hear a recital (recorded live) by the hottest mezzo-soprano working today. American Joyce DiDonato leaves no doubt as to why she is in demand all over the world.

Before discussing Joyce's glorious singing, there are two other outstanding features to note. First and foremost, there is the incredible playing of collaborative pianist Julius Drake. I remember the first time I heard the term "collaborative pianist" as opposed to "accompanist". Listen to this CD and you'll know why this term is not some sort of PC variant. Joyce is an oustanding ensemble musician, and Julius Drake is her equal. Second, the engineering of the recording and the acoustics of this hall are wonderful. Thanks to the excellent acoustics and engineering, you could pretty well transcribe what she is singing.

Ms. DiDonato plays to all of her strengths in this recital. Through her incredible technique, faithfulness to the score, and dead-on dramatic instinct, she can convey whatever emotion she chooses. Ms. DiDonato programmed this recital brilliantly, with the central theme being songs about Venice. The songs have plenty of contrast, being as they are from disparate time periods. At the same time, her recital is very homogeneous and has a very nice flow.

One mark of a great singer is the ability to sing in various styles and various languages. She starts with three bel canto songs (Rossini), follows that set with three mid-twentieth century British art songs (Head), follows that set with five French Romantic songs (Faure), then six early 20th century Venezuelan songs (Hahn). To summarize, that's 17 songs in 4 different languages, in 4 different time periods and styles.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 12, 2011
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This fine recording was made during a live performance in London in 2006. Having just witnessed a recital that included some of the same music but as heard in 2011 it is gratifying to report that this dazzling artist has continued to grow and polish in the five years since this recording. She still manages to offer rarely known works by Reynaldo Hahn and excerpts from Rossini's output for which she is the reigning queen, but listening to this CD again it is exciting to hear how her voice has developed into such a flawless instrument.

This recital is performed with Julius Drake as her collaborator at the piano (her current exemplary accompanist/collaborator is the excellent David Zobel): DiDonato truly shares the stage with her collaborators and the result is music making of the highest order. This is a superb recording and belongs in the library o all those who admire this artist's work. By all her CDs: she is destined to be a legend! Grady Harp, February 11
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the clarity of the voice and the chance to hear DiDonato in concert singing with great freedom and flexibility of tone
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