Classical Music Home

Welcome to Naxos Records

Email Password  
Not a subscriber yet?  
Keyword Search
 Classical Music Home > Naxos Album Reviews

Album Reviews

See latest reviews of other albums...

Penguin Guide, January 2009

The Hungarian mezzo, Ewa Podles, earlier the star singer in the complete set of Rossini’s Tancredi on Naxos, is here even more impressive in one of the finest Rossini recitals in years. Hers is a rich and even voice which is not only weighty throughout its range but is also extraordinarily agile, dazzling in the elaborate divisions in all these coloratura numbers. She may find it hard to convey the fun and sparkle in Rossini, but the bright-eyed intensity provides fair compensation even with Cinderella or Rosina, and the cabaletta of Cinderella’s final aria is breathtaking in its bravura at a formidably fast tempo. By contrast, this great voice is an ideal vehicle for the opera seria arias here, with the male characters very well characterized. First-rate accompaniment too.


"what a thrilling instrument she possesses! And how well suited to the technical demands of these long, heroic scenes"

Naxos Records, a member of the Naxos Music Group