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Edward Greenfield
Gramophone, July 2014

What is remarkable about all of Alieva’s singing is her depth of feeling, conveyed without exaggeration, from the heart. It is not surprising that such divas as Montserrat Caballé and Teresa Berganza speak of Alieva with such warmth. This really is an exceptional soprano recital which should bring the name of Dinara Alieva to new prominence. © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Robert J Farr
MusicWeb International, June 2014

…this calling-card CD provides an opportunity to hear Azerbaijani soprano Dinara Alieva in a variety of well known lyric and lirico-spinto roles from mainstream Italian repertoire.

We start with the act 1 coloratura showpiece arias Eh strano and the cabaletta Sempre libera from La Traviata. What is immediately obvious that she is no tweety coloratura. Her voice is full, warm and well-coloured which alongside good diction enables to characterise the words and their emotions superbly…

In the extracts from Puccini’s operas that follow, Alieva tackles the diverse demands of the lyric O mio babbino cara from Gianni Schicchi (tr.4), Magda’s Chi il bel sogno di Doretta from La Rondine (tr.6) and Liu’s gentle Tu che di gel sei cinta from Turandot (tr.7), all with gentle full-toned phrasing and good expression. However, it is in the demands of Tosca’s Prayer (tr.5) and Cio-Cio San’s despairing Un bel di (tr.5) that her warm voice soars whilst bringing a level of emotion and expression that really impresses. She sails through the lesser-known demands of Cilea and Puccini’s near neighbour and contemporary, Catalani, with similar skill.

Here is a possible worthy successor to some of the greats.

The recording is good…with Marcello Rota and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra giving idiomatic support. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Robert Levine
Listen: Life with Classical Music, June 2014

Azerbaijani Dinara Alieva has a grand sound: rich and full in the middle, and rock-solid…at the top. Her “Ah, fors’é lui” is lovely and sung with a nice sense of legato; the letter reading before “Addio del passato” is moving without exaggeration. Leonora’s two arias from Trovatore are beautifully handled…“Pace, pace mio Dio” is a gem—it’s rare to hear it so thrillingly performed, with most of the dynamics in place. © 2014 Listen: Life with Classical Music Read complete review

Phil Muse
Audio Video Club of Atlanta, April 2014

In her debut album, “Pace, mio Dio,” Azerbaijani soprano Dinara Alieva lends her gorgeous voice to a choice selection of Italian arias. With the support of the Czech National Symphony Orchestra under Marcello Rota, she indulges the listener with well-loved arias by Verdi, Puccini, Catalani, Cilea, and Leoncavallo. Her voice has conviction and sensual beauty to spare, and she possesses the ideal temperament to convey the wide range of opera’s greatest heroines. © 2014 Audio Video Club of Atlanta Read complete review

Mary Kunz Goldman
The Buffalo News, March 2014

Alieva’s voice is a pleasure, strong and flexible with just the right hint of darkness, and a great sensitivity of phrasing. She is stunning in how she picks dazzling high notes out of the air and holds them with no apparent effort. The able conductor is Marcello Rota… © 2014 The Buffalo News Read complete review

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