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Joel Kasow
Fanfare, November 2009

Isokoski has been taken to task for being cold, a judgment with which I disagree, as the flame that ignites Tatiana’s monologue may not be equal to the fires blazing in southern Europe as I write, but smolders intensely.

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Joel Kasow
Fanfare, March 2009

While some singers burst on the scene, others take their time. Soile Isokoski is of the latter school. Various CDs have shown her affinity with Schubert and Strauss Lieder and Mozart operas, but this is her first “conventional” aria album, featuring music that she has already performed in the opera house. And what a treat it is to hear a soprano who is absolutely flawless in her scrupulous attention to the music. There are no bulges in the line, no gulps and gasps, yet one feels the underlying emotion. © 2009 Fanfare Read complete review

David L. Kirk
Fanfare, March 2009

Isokoski’s lyric soprano is like liquid gold; it’s warm and smooth, lovely from bottom to top, with a ripple of vibrato. I noticed some darkening of her vocal color compared to recordings made earlier in her career, giving added richness throughout her range.

This is a very mellow recital album. Instead of a plethora of showy arias intended to dazzle the listener with vocal brilliance and dexterity, Ms. Isokoski puts her dramatic and intuitive talents on display. If she isn’t reaching for the high notes (yes, there are some), she is reaching inside the characters she portrays, presenting an hour of beautiful singing with a wealth of nuances. …These performances are intended to be cherished excerpts of intimate musical moments. Isokoski and Mikko Franck are not afraid to tread delicately, especially with the two Puccini and the Verdi Otello selections. © 2009 Fanfare Read complete review

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