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Mozart: Opera & Concert Arias ()

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Soprano Véronique Gens possesses a beautifully refined voice with a pearly sheen: an ideal voice for Mozart, and the operatic and concert arias and scenes on this 1998 recital effectively showcase her gifts. The repertoire is wide-ranging on several counts; it includes both very familiar and more obscure selections, and there is music from both soprano and mezzo-soprano roles. Gens has the necessary range and the solid technique to comfortably negotiate the music for both voice types; the Countess' "Porgi, amor" is lusciously ripe and rounded, and Cherubino's "Non so più cosa son," taken at a breakneck speed, showcases Gens' agility in her lower register. Gens' tone is absolutely pure and focused, and her legato is smooth as butter. She is also a subtle but superb singing actress, and brings intelligent and expressive honesty to each of the roles. The album ends on a spectacular note with a sophisticated, thrilling, emotionally probing account of Fiordiligi's "Per pieta, ben mio." In Ivor Bolton, Gens... Hide synopsis

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