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Ralph Moore
American Record Guide, January 2015

The performances here are wonderful. Vargas…is in glowingly vibrant voice and approaches them with the same excellence he brings to opera. Spencer’s collaboration is exemplary in what is sometimes demanding but largely oom-pah accompaniment. Very rewarding listening. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Richard Fairman
Gramophone, November 2014

Ramón Vargas…is well placed to embrace the outgoing emotion of the opera house and, at least occasionally, the softness of touch needed for the drawing room.

…Charles Spencer’s always expert piano accompaniments do duty for other instruments. © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Henson Keys
Opera News, November 2014

The songs on this impressive disc are an excellent fit to showcase Vargas’ honeyed tenor. He navigates each selection with ease, never showing any signs of strain, and caresses each phrase as if he owned it.

This is a valuable disc, especially for the chance to hear the maturing of Vargas as an artist, and also to hear these songs of Verdi, many of which are from his very young years. The arc of Verdi’s compositions on this disc is reminiscent of the same arc in his operas, growing in complexity and depth as the great composer matures. © 2014 Opera News Read complete review



Phil Muse
Audio Video Club of Atlanta, November 2014

Mexican tenor Ramon Vargas…is more than capably aided by pianist Charles Spencer…But mostly, it is Vargas who commands our attention by the sheer authority of his voice, which includes a surprising legato in the quiet moments amidst the stirring songs. © 2014 Audio Video Club of Atlanta Read complete review



Göran Forsling
MusicWeb International, September 2014

Mexican tenor Ramón Vargas has been a leading lyric tenor in the big opera houses for more than two decades. Now in his early fifties…he has retained his ability to sing softly and in a nuanced way.

Anyone wanting a collection of Verdi songs will have his/her fill of them here and…the disc should be a valuable addition to anyone’s collection. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Infodad.com, August 2014

Vargas here presents a side of Verdi that is almost as unfamiliar as his chamber music: his songs. These are works in which the opera composer experimented with the emotions he wanted to evoke and the music in which he wanted to cloak those feelings. Fine singing and unusual repertoire combine to make this disc an intriguing one, albeit for a decidedly limited audience. © 2014 Infodad.com Read complete review





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