Mozart: Arias

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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
By following her striking recording of Strauss' Four Last Songs with this winning disc of Mozart arias, Soile Isokoski stakes a strong claim as a Mozart-Strauss soprano to be reckoned with. She also ventures deep into Renée Fleming territory, although her exquisitely controlled singing and gorgeous, silvery tone presents an impressive alternative to the dominant Mozart-Strauss soprano of our time. Isokoski begins her delightful and wide-ranging program with Fiordiligi's two famous arias, "Come scoglio" and "Per pietá, ben mio" from Così fan tutte, and proceeds to a series of less familiar pieces: the charming concert aria "Bella mia fiamma" which, as the story has it, ...
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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
By following her striking recording of Strauss' Four Last Songs with this winning disc of Mozart arias, Soile Isokoski stakes a strong claim as a Mozart-Strauss soprano to be reckoned with. She also ventures deep into Renée Fleming territory, although her exquisitely controlled singing and gorgeous, silvery tone presents an impressive alternative to the dominant Mozart-Strauss soprano of our time. Isokoski begins her delightful and wide-ranging program with Fiordiligi's two famous arias, "Come scoglio" and "Per pietá, ben mio" from Così fan tutte, and proceeds to a series of less familiar pieces: the charming concert aria "Bella mia fiamma" which, as the story has it, Mozart wrote under duress while locked in a room by the well-heeled soprano Josepha Ducek, the beautiful lullaby "Ruhe sanft" from the early opera Zaide, and another concert aria, "Ah, lo previdi" also written for Madame Ducek. "Dove sono," the Countess's touching reflection on lost love from The Marriage of Figaro, and the curious concert aria "Ch'io mi scordi di te?," which combines the genres of solo aria and piano concerto, complete the disc. Isokoski's careful shaping of phrases and her meticulous attention to technique, matched by a deep involvement with the music and genuine vocal beauty, make listening a joy.
All Music Guide - Allen Schrott
Soile Isokoski's 2002 album of orchestral songs by Richard Strauss marked her as a singer of compact vocal splendor and interpretive spark, and her growing international career in the 2000s indicated that those same qualities were as vivid in live performance as on recording. All of which makes the strange flatness of this Mozart aria collection puzzling. Isokoski has the vocal and musical chops to put a lively stamp on every one of these excerpts, but you'd never know it if this were your only exposure to her work. From a purely vocal standpoint, it's fine -- only the chesty low notes of Fiordiligi's "Come scoglio" seem to push her outside her comfortable envelope. But there is a lack of engagement with the texts and dramatic situations that robs most every selection of its vitality. Peter Schreier's tidy but low-key musical direction could use the occasional shot of Tabasco, but in most cases it's just a case of flat vocal delivery. The above-mentioned "Come scoglio" sounds friendly, even accommodating -- hardly like the defiant rejection it's meant to be. "E susanna non vien!" from the "Marriage of Figaro" does not sound like the musings of a noblewoman in crisis, forced to accept a servant's help in saving her marriage. Someone vaguely sad, maybe, but certainly not pushed outside the usual social and emotional bounds of her life. "Ruhe sanft," from "Zaide," is much more successful, benefitting from the purity and simplicity, not to mention the crystalline upper register, of Isokoski's singing. And the concert aria "Ah, lo previdi" has exactly the engagement with text and drama that the rest of the album is missing; the impassioned first line hooks you right away and the momentum never dies. If only the whole album were so interesting.
Fanfare - Henry Fogel
Recommended with complete enthusiasm.... Isokoski’s voice is a beautiful, silvery-toned instrument that simply glows throughout a wide range and at all dynamic levels.... I have already received a great deal of pleasure from hearing and re-hearing this disc, and I anticipate that pleasure continuing for many years to come.

Recommended with complete enthusiasm.... Isokoski’s voice is a beautiful, silvery-toned instrument that simply glows throughout a wide range and at all dynamic levels.... I have already received a great deal of pleasure from hearing and re-hearing this disc, and I anticipate that pleasure continuing for many years to come.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/9/2004
  • Label: Ondine
  • UPC: 761195104323
  • Catalog Number: 1043
  • Sales rank: 192,951

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Soile Isokoski Primary Artist
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