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'A Journey'

Magazine article Gramophone

'A Journey'

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'A Journey'

Bellini Beatrice di Tenda--Respira io qui...Ma la sola ... Ah, la pena in lor piombo. I Puritani O rendetemi la speme ... Qui la voce soave ... Vien, diletto (a) Delibes Lakme--Sous le dome epais (b) Donizetti Lucia di Lammermoor--Ancor non giunse! ... Regnava nel silenzio...Quando rapito in estasi (b) Gounod Romeo et Juliette-Dieu! Quel frisson court dans mes veines Rossini Il barbiere di Siviglia--Una voce poco fa. Le comte Ory--En proie a la tristesse

Pretty Yende sop (b) Kate Aldrich mez (a) Nicola Alaimo bar (a) Gianluca Buratto bass Chorus of the Municipal Theatre, Piacenza; RAI National Symphony Orchestra / Marco Armiliato Sony Classical (F) 88985 32169-2 (70' * DDD * T/t)

Ignore the feel-good title and the fluffy booklet-note, and what you have here is actually a serious recital from an artist at the start of what is, let's hope, a significant career. Which is not to underplay the young South African soprano's story. Growing up in the small town of Piet Retief, she got hooked on opera when she heard Delibes's Flower Duet as a teenager. Just 10 years later she was appearing on many of the world's great stages.

It's that journey that this disc charts, documenting the arias and roles--some at the slightly rarer end of the bel canto spectrum--that have marked her progress. The inclusion of the Flower Duet, though biographically justified, of course, feels like the only concession to populism.

It all starts off a little slowly with an 'Una voce poco fa' that takes a little while to hit its stride, but it soon becomes clear, as Yende leaves her slightly underpowered middle register to unveil a brilliant top, that hers is a lyric coloratura voice of real beauty and flexibility. …

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