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Erin Heisel
American Record Guide, March 2016

A fine recording of songs by Strauss and Wagner by the golden soprano Adrianne Pieczonka and excellent pianist Brian Zeger. There’s very little to say here simply because the performances are so good. Pieczonka has a milky smooth vibrato in every piece, and Zeger’s playing is full of color. The songs are great, mainly the most popular songs of Richard Strauss with Wagner’s lush Wesendonck-Lieder. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, January 2016

…a rewarding and easily recommended recital by two outstanding artists. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Stephen Francis Vasta
Opera News, December 2015

Even with piano accompaniment, these songs seem to be striving for full symphonic status, and Pieconzka projects their expansive range of colors and moods with rhythmic alertness and verbal immediacy. © 2015 Opera News Read complete review



Huntley Dent
Fanfare, November 2015

There’s every reason to seek out this attractive CD if you love the songs on the program… Good notes and recorded sound… © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Anthony Tommasini
The New York Times, October 2015

Sopranos who specialize in Wagner and Strauss have to scale back their sizable voices when they sing lieder, even songs by those composers. Adrianne Pieczonka accomplishes this impressively in this rewarding recital program, accompanied by the elegant pianist Brian Zeger. Ms. Pieczonka does not sound vocally reined in. Rather, her luminous voice is skillfully focused. She sings with bright yet warm sound and a minimum of throbbing vibrato. For all the natural ampleness of her voice, there is a youthful, feminine quality to her singing. The 12 Strauss songs offered here include some popular ones, like “Morgen,” and lesser-heard fare, like “Rote Rosen” and “Die Nacht.” She gives an exceptionally sensitive account of Wagner’s “Wesendonck-Lieder.” Mr. Zeger plays everything beautifully. © 2015 The New York Times



Richard Fairman
Gramophone, October 2015

[Adrianne Pieczonka’s] soprano retains a bloom that is positively youthful. © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



John Gilles
Opera Canada, September 2015

What most struck me were [Pieczonka’s] clean, sweet sound and her relatively straightforward approach to texto Her “Zueignung,” for example, is much less aristocratic, perhaps less pompous, than Elizabeth Schwarzkopf’s famous recording with George Szell.

…a very decent recital disk in a very crowded field. © 2015 Opera Canada




Erica Jeal
The Guardian, July 2015

…the focused sweetness of [Pieczonka’s] soprano sounds as radiant as ever […] everything here is worth hearing. © 2015 The Guardian Read complete review



Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, July 2015

Zeger is the ideal accompanist, in total sync with the vocal lead, unobtrusive yet pianistically strong. Adrianne Pieczonka, her ravishing tone, her powerful projective dramatic sense, her impeccable musicality, is the near-ideal artist for this repertoire. If she reminds me favorably of the great Kirsten Flagstad, it is for those qualities Kisten embodied so beautifully—strength in all ranges and an artful dramatic sense.

Ravishing lieder, ravishing performances! © 2015 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review





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