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Elliot Fisch
American Record Guide, March 2014

This is a thoroughly enjoyable recording…Each song is a delight to hear, impeccably performed, and presented in a delicate and meaningful fashion. Ms Siurina expertly expresses the meaning of the songs…

The sound is excellent and well balanced between singer and pianist. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Patrick Mack
Parterre Box, February 2014

Right from the first track, Verdi’s Stornello, [Siurina is] captivating…during the first of the Rossini group, La Pastorella dell’Alpi. she fires off some stunning staccatos and echo effects.

She’s beautifully communicative throughout while still holding the bel canto line and displays magnificent control in mezza voce and piano. She sings a lot of these pieces straight and resists the temptation to turn herself into a vocal kaleidoscope so that her interpretations resist the saccharine.

The highlight for me was the Verdi Ad una stella which finds her in a perfect nocturnal reverie and the underlying heartbreak in the poem just shimmering on top of the vocal performance. As close to perfection as one could want and the voice captured in a gracious acoustic alongside the piano. Her accompanist is the redoubtable Ian Burnside and his easy support is notable for it’s elegance and charm.

Excellent packaging… © 2014 Parterre Box Read complete review

Ronni Reich, January 2014

Ekaterina Siurina has the type of soprano voice that’s perfect for sweet soubrette roles: compact, pure and agile, yet with presence and color in its lower range. On a recording of songs by bel canto composers Verdi, Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti, she plays both within and beyond expectations and also shows a particular flair for folk-inflected works.

Siurina…offers a vivid interpretation of Donizetti’s sailor song “Amor Marinaro,” capturing the seaside lilt as well as the speaker’s fervor. Her ease and sense of character in Rossini’s “La pastorella dell’Alpi,” which has yodel-like leaps, charms. So does her embodiment of a blissful chimney sweep in Verdi’s “Lo Spazzocamino” and a gypsy in Donizetti’s “La Zingara.”

Throughout, pianist Iain Burnside provides lively accompaniment, mirroring the texts’ varied shades of tremulousness, calm, passion and joy. © 2014 Read complete review

Jonathan Woolf
MusicWeb International, January 2014

This is a most sympathetically performed selection of Italian songs, full of range and sensitivity as to juxtaposition and balance. It’s also been beautifully recorded. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Mary Kunz Goldman
The Buffalo News, January 2014

Ekaterina Siurina, a soprano with a most pleasant and smooth voice, is actually singing not arias but art songs, not only by Verdi but by Donizetti and Bellini. Iain Burnside accompanies her on piano. (He is really an accompanist, playing quietly and discreetly.)

The simple setting plays up the bel canto grace of the writing. You begin to hear how these composers were influenced by Mozart, and what Chopin saw in their melodies. It’s also fascinating to contrast the songs with the composers’ arias, which are much better known. Altogether, a surprising and diverting adventure. © 2014 The Buffalo News Read complete review

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