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Rich Brunner
Choral Journal, September 2017

There is superb vocal in tenity throughout the entire dynamic Dectrum, which ranges from the softest pianos to the most full-bodied fortes. The tone, warm and engaging, enhances the natural vocal arch of Koechlin’s beautiful melodies.

During the nearly six and a half minutes of Les Etoiles, the ladies of Calliope sing beautiful unison, wonderful two-part homophony, and seamless three-part polyphony, all of which are visceral and heartrending. The text, an homage to the resplendent sky shimmering with stars, is lovingly set and delightfully sung.

In the songs with soloists, Calliope acts more like an opera chorus and the singing, which reflects the timbre and power of the solo singers, is far more heroic in quality There are also times during the stand-alone choral pieces when the ladies are allowed to sing with vocal abandon; but even that singing is well controlled. The real strength and beauty of this ensemble’s sound is in the succinct clarity of the French texts and the subtle execution of the long, flowing melodies of Charles Koechlin. © Choral Journal



Barry Brenesal
Fanfare, May 2016

Julien Behr has a fine, well-produced tenor, with no hint of breath on the tone. He is especially good when singing softly, such as the leap to a beautifully caressed A below C in Si tu le veux on “t’a décoiffée.” …Régine Théodoresco’s Calliope, a vocal ensemble of 12 women, performs with great stylishness and professionalism. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review




Don O’Connor
American Record Guide, March 2016

These performances would be hard to match. Behr and Morel sing with beautiful tone quality, understanding of the texts, and clear diction. The Calliope female choir sings as with one voice—and that one a clear, bell-like peal. In ‘The Stars’ they must sustain a long drawn-out final chord, and they do it with no loss of pitch, continuity, or dynamics.

Ferey’s accompaniment is finger-perfect, with fluid phrasing and plenty of strength where called for. Theodoresco leads the choral pieces with precision and sympathy. …the title of one of the songs—’Jewels’—applies to this entire album. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide





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