Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Renato Bruson, Matteo Manuguerra, Rolando Panerai|
Great Opera Divas: Renata Scotto
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The Tracks of the Diva
David R. Eastwood | Long Island, NY | 11/21/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Bellini's "Qui la voce ... Vien diletto" from I PURITANI is Ms. Scotto's best track, I believe. With one exception, all of the others are highly competent, and Scotto has a rich, warm soprano voice that does very well with Puccini's melodies. The one track that disappointed me is of Rossini's "Una voce poco fa" (IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA): being a soprano, Scotto chose in an early key passage to take a higher note in place of the "correct" mezzo note. After listening to that track about 15 times, I found I was growing accustomed to this "flaw." What I could not overlook, though, was the sour note she hits about 15 seconds from the end. I wish that she and her conductor had either redone that track or had recorded a "patch" to be inserted to fix it. Even so, I'd rate that track a "C" (and I'd rate Kathleen Battle's recording of that aria much below that). Overall, this is a worthy CD for opera fans' collections."