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Mozart: 'Arias'

Magazine article Gramophone

Mozart: 'Arias'

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Mozart

'Arias' La demenza di Tito--S'altro che lacrime. Die EntfUhrung aus dem Serail--Durch Zartlichkeit und Schmeicheln. La finta giardiniera--Geme la tortorella. Lucio Silla--Strider dento la procella. DerSchauspieldirektor--Da schlagt die Abschiedsstunde. Exsultate, jubilate, K165. Schon lacht der holde Fruhling, K580. Voi avete un cor fedele, K217. Vorrei spiegarvi, oh Dio!, K418 Regula Muhlemann sop Basel Chamber Orchestra / Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli Sony Classical (F) 88985 33758-2 (54' * DDD * T/t)

For the near future Regula Muhlemann's diary looks to be dominated by Bach and Mozart. The forthcoming concert performances of La clemenza di Tito, next in Nezet-Seguin's Mozart opera cycle with an all-star cast including Sonya Yoncheva and Joyce DiDonato, should certainly put the young Swiss soprano on the map.

A foretaste of that is included here. Servilia's 'S'altro che lacrime', sung with gleaming classical poise, is one of the better-known Mozart tracks in her programme, which focuses mostly on his early operas and concert arias. Muhlemann's soprano suits this repertoire well enough, though its clear, brilliant sound does turn hard at times, chiselling slow, lyrical lines as if with the edge of a diamond. …

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