, May 2012
For this BR Klassik release Prey demonstrates his versatility with a selection of songs that range from Bach to Verdi, from Mozart to Berlin and from Lieder to Broadway musicals. There is nothing progressive or difficult in the programme which probably reflects Prey as a sensitive singer who loved melody and traditional classical and romantic music. The opening song Ein Madchen oder Weibchen wunscht Papageno sich! (A girl or a little wife wishes Papageno) is from The Magic Flute. Immediately Prey’s golden baritone is evident together with his expressive powers and impressive diction. From The Barber of Seville Prey’s Figaro’s cavatina Largo al factotum della città (Make way for the factotum of the city), a staple of the repertoire, is exciting and, given its difficulty, extremely well controlled. Valentin’s wonderful cavatina Avant de quitter ces lieu (Before leaving this place) from Gounod’s Faust is full of melody and is sung with real assurance. Toni’s prologue the popular Si puo? Si puo? Signore! Signori! (May I? May I? Ladies! Gentlemen!) from Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci is dramatic and masterly.
The Munich Radio Orchestra…provides wholehearted support. They play with total assurance.
The sound quality delivered by Bavarian Broadcasting from the various Munich venues is first class.
Prey is in outstanding voice. This is a disc that I will often return to. © 2012 MusicWeb International Read complete review