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WETA, March 2015

…rich, robust voice… © 2015 WETA

Mary Southworth
American Record Guide, September 2013

Each piece has its own texture and character. Collaboration like this is a rare and valuable thing. This is the type of performance that makes me want to go to my own piano and sing. It would be a gem in any art-song lover’s treasure chest. © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Judith Malafronte
Opera News, September 2013

Some singers ignite in front of a live audience. Ailyn Pérez…slips two live opera excerpts into her debut CD recital that give her away. Even with piano accompaniment, the difference between two arias from Manon and her French-Spanish song selections is so striking that we may safely call this rising soprano a genuine stage animal.

…Falla’s hushed “Asturiana” and the melancholy “Con amores,”…are beautifully delivered, with intimacy and concentrated tone. [Pérez and Burnside] seem most at home in Turina’s Poema en Forma de Canciones, in which fiery playing and passionate singing are on display.

Two excerpts from Manon…show the soprano at her best—lively, engaging, sparkling with color and vocal personality. “Je suis encore tout étourdie” is especially authoritative…in “Adieu, notre petite table,” her luminous natural vocal color is enchanting. © 2013 Opera News Read complete review

Norman Lebrecht
La Scena Musicale, August 2013

Total enchantment from the young US soprano in two sets by Reynaldo Hahn and a triple meditation by Fauré; the Spanish songs are pretty hot, too. Ian Burnside accompanies. © 2013 La Scena Musicale

Mary Kunz Goldman
The Buffalo News, July 2013

Soprano Ailyn Perez…collaborates with pianist Iain Burnside in a bouquet of sultry summer songs about love by Spanish and French composers…the songs on this disc I liked most were by Reynoldo Hahn. His music is so melodic and the piano accompaniments are so simple and so good. © 2013 The Buffalo News Read complete review

WQXR (New York), June 2013

[Ailyn Pérez’s] debut recital album, with pianist Iain Burnside, features a mix of studio and live recordings of French and Spanish songs. Highlights include a set of sensual numbers by Renaldo Hahn; the title cycle by Gabriel Fauré; and the scintillating Siete canciones populares espanolas of Falla. © WQXR (New York) Read complete version

Joseph Newsome
Voix des Arts, May 2013

…with this début recital disc—Poème d’un jour—soprano Ailyn Pérez has arrived brilliantly in the Classical recording market.

Ms. Pérez ascends and descends with equal comfort to the range extremities demanded by all of the pieces on this disc.

Supporting Ms. Pérez with playing of refinement and technical mastery both in studio and in recital, Scottish pianist Iain Burnside proves an accompanist of stimulating artistic cooperation. The versatility and attention to the intricacies of her phrasing with which he accompanies Ms. Pérez are wonderful…and the rhythmic precision of his playing is especially rewarding in the Spanish pieces.

Poème d’un jour is a glamorous, enchanting recital with which one of the most enticing young singers of the current generation exclaims to the music-loving and record-buying public… © 2013 Voix des Arts Read complete review

Ronni Reich, May 2013

…Pérez displays a powerful, distinctive tone that is both deep and rosy. She can evoke the feeling of breathless spontaneity and then slip easily, magically up to a soft, exquisitely controlled high note. The lushness of her voice fits romantic songs by Reynaldo Hahn and the title set by Gabriel Fauré, which she sings sensitively. She also brings character, agility and rich colorings to songs by Joaquin Turina, Fernando Obradors and Manuel de Falla. Iain Burnside provides lively, proficient accompaniment throughout. © 2013 Read complete review

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