Magazine article Opera Canada

Night and Dreams

Magazine article Opera Canada

Night and Dreams

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MEASHA BRUEGGERGOSMAN

DGG: 4778101

Brueggergosman's second recital disc for DGG takes a sharp turn from the 20th-century repertoire covered in her first, aptly titled release, Surprise. This time the magnetic soprano with the voluptuous bloom in her voice, with accompanist Justus Zeyen, serves up a 21-track set of Lieder and song that covers the gamut from Mozart ("Abendemp-findung an Laura," K. 523) to the contemporary Brazilian composer, Francis Hime ("Anoiteceu," an infectious samba that has her taking on a light, nasal, more pop-like timbre).Throughout, the focus is on the theme of the album title. "We wanted beautiful music," the singer says in the booklet notes, "music that didn't necessarily need to be translated ... languid, sexy, romantic, different."

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The French side is ably represented in Debussy's "Beau soir," Faure's "Notre amour" and "Clair de lune," Reynaldo Hahn's "L'heure exquise," Chausson's "Le temps des lilas," Poulenc's "C'est ainsi que tu es" and Duparc's "Phidyle," and also in Liszt's "Oh! …

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