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Michael Cookson
MusicWeb International, March 2012

There are fourteen tracks on this BR Klassik release. It makes for a satisfying mix of opera and operetta…

All the tracks are well sung and display Popp’s voice to splendid advantage; however there are several songs that I especially enjoyed: From Lehár’s Paganini Anna Elisa’s waltz song from act II: Ich kann es nicht fassen is a fine example of Popp’s assured handling of light music. In Aennchen’s arietta Kommt ein schlanker Bursch gegangen fromWeber’s Der Freischutz I was struck her wonderful diction and expressive qualities. Sung in German from Handel’s Julius Caesar Cleopatra’s act II aria Ich lieb euch, ihr Augen Popp spends considerable time in the high registers showing her exceptional vocal fluidity. Popp reveals her soft and tender side in Susanna’s act IV aria Deh vieni non tardar from Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro allowing her to display her creamy timbre.

Also of note here is the impressive contribution from the Regensburg Cathedral Choir.

Under the direction of several conductors the orchestra is on splendid form. This first class orchestra provide sensitive and steadfast accompaniment throughout.

I have been delighted with all four releases in the BR Klassik series ‘Great Singers Live’ and found this Lucia Popp collection enjoyable and compelling. © 2012 MusicWeb International Read complete review

David Shengold
Opera News, March 2012

This new disc, part of the Bavarian Radio Orchestra’s “Great Singers Live” label, provides a pleasant picture of Popp’s lovely work in various kinds of opera and operetta literature. Popp’s silvery tone proves ideal in two German Romantic arias, a pleasant piece from Lortzing’s 1845 Undine and Ännchen’s Act II arietta from Der Freischütz. She aces two lightweight arias by Robert Stolz and Lehár’s compelling “Liebe, du Himmel auf Erden,” from 1925’s Paganini.

The touching Act III aria of Smetana’s Maƙenka…is absolutely ravishing, as near to an ideal performance as can be imagined. © 2012 Opera News Read complete review

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