This is an album I am happy to have. Garajova’s exploration of this challenging music made for rewarding listening. It puts unusual works together to make a compelling program. Her singing is commendable. She is especially effective singing the music of Czech composers. She uses her rich and lustrous Slavic voice expressively in Italian, Russian, German, and English, as well. Most of the songs are plaintive, lamenting, somber, and searching; her tonal qualities are a good match for them. She is especially effective when she sings softly, as she does much of the time.
Respighi laces this passionate love-longing-and-death poem [The Sunset] with refined impressionistic gestures, and vests it with considerable colour. Quite whether Eva Garajová’s operatically strident singing is appropriate to the more refined and nature-narrative elements of the poem and Respighi’s setting of it is a moot question.
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