Magazine article Opera Canada

Two of a Kind: Louis Quilico, with Christina Petrowska, Pianist

Magazine article Opera Canada

Two of a Kind: Louis Quilico, with Christina Petrowska, Pianist

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BOTH THESE RECORDINGS FEEL MORE LIKE nostalgic souvenirs than fresh artistic entities. Maureen Forrester performs a cabaret-style song-cycle written by an admirer, David Warrack, and intended to capture specific aspects of her personality. Louis Quilico performs operatic arias, Italian songs and Broadway tunes in collaboration with Christina Petrowska, his wife since 1993. Both seem to be labors of love in more ways than one: Quilico and Petrowska donated their services to the recording (a first from York University's Faculty of Fine Arts), and Forrester and Warrack seem to have produced their CD (coded MFDW 001) on their own.

Certainly both Forrester and Quilico know as much as there is to know about putting across lyric material, and they appear to have forgotten nothing of that communicative urgency. What is severely reduced, however, is their means of doing so. Quilico was 70 when this CD was made, and although the centre of his voice retains its old warmth and humanity, both the upper and lower reaches of his range are fragile and insecure. …

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