Magazine article Opera Canada

Aria: A CBC Records Collection

Magazine article Opera Canada

Aria: A CBC Records Collection

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ARIA: A CBC RECORDS COLLECTION

NINETEEN ARIAS, DUETS & ENSEMBLES, SUNG BY A VARIETY OF ARTISTS, with a number of orchestras and conductors. SMCD M97. **

THIS IS AN OLD-STYLE SAMPLER DISC, ALMOST 75 MINUTES OF SELECTIONS from the variety of operatic-recital CDs issued by CBC Records since 1985. The principle, of course, is to whet our appetites with these morsels and thus to entice us toward the full-course meal that each original CD serves up. In actual practice, however, the service seems more fast-food than gourmet. Whatever the pleasures on offer here--and make no mistake, there are real riches sampled--it is almost impossible to appreciate the individual contributions because of the helter-skelter with which they have been thrown together. Three minutes of Handel followed by three of Puccini followed by three more of Richard Strauss followed by three of Bellini, all sung by very different artists, does justice neither to the music nor the singers, let alone the listener's sensibilities.

Quick-service programming aside, there are some marvellous tracks here. …

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