Romantique

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
Latvian mezzo soprano Elina Garanca has a voice that's miraculously creamy yet smoky. The voice, by itself, can stand the comparison in this collection of mostly French Romantic arias. These are for the most part lesser-known numbers, and Garanca makes them her own musically; she picks pieces that optimize her range, with its impressive power in the top mezzo registers. In the pieces where it's sheer consistency and long-lasting energy that's called for, most of all the stops-out finale "Me voilà seule, enfin," from Gounod's "La Reine de Saba" a rare work outside of France, Garanca is impressive indeed. At times in the more emotionally subtle pieces, such as "Mon coeur ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
Latvian mezzo soprano Elina Garanca has a voice that's miraculously creamy yet smoky. The voice, by itself, can stand the comparison in this collection of mostly French Romantic arias. These are for the most part lesser-known numbers, and Garanca makes them her own musically; she picks pieces that optimize her range, with its impressive power in the top mezzo registers. In the pieces where it's sheer consistency and long-lasting energy that's called for, most of all the stops-out finale "Me voilà seule, enfin," from Gounod's "La Reine de Saba" a rare work outside of France, Garanca is impressive indeed. At times in the more emotionally subtle pieces, such as "Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix," from Saint-Saëns "Samson et Delila," she lacks the emotional involvement in the music that would keep her voice from seeming to be slightly too much of a good thing. Nor are she and the Filarmonica del Teatro Comunale di Bologna well served by Deutsche Grammophon's engineers, who provide a colorless, washed-out sound. But there is no shortage of vocal aficionados for whom the voice itself is paramount, and they are definitely going to find a young singer to watch here: as she matures and the lower parts of her range take on new shades, the results could be spectacular.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/22/2012
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028947900719
  • Catalog Number: 001752202
  • Sales rank: 53,421

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Performance Credits
Elina Garanca Primary Artist
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