, November 2011
This collection on CD offers a timely memorial to the peerless soprano, who died in January 2011. It’s valuable firstly for reminding us how wonderful she was in Mozart and Verdi and secondly for giving us a glimpse of her in some repertoire with which she was not quite so closely associated.
This is one of those discs where I don’t think it’s necessary to go into huge detail, for it is a feast for the ears from start to finish and all devotees of great singing will admire and relish it, I feel sure. One sometimes hears the comment that such and such a singer was “in sovereign voice” during a particular performance. On this particular occasion I think the phrase is justified for everything on the disc—and note that the performances span fourteen years, yet the quality of the voice remained remarkably consistent.
The orchestra, under three different conductors, gives their distinguished guest good support. The sound is perfectly satisfactory. The booklet contains a warm appreciation of the singer but no texts or translations.
I loved every minute and I feel confident that those wise enough to invest in this disc will feel the same. Read complete review