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Rita Streich: Walzer & Arien [Sings Waltzes& Arias]
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Classical
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One of the C20th Most Endearing Singers.
John Austin | Kangaroo Ground, Australia | 02/01/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Rita Streich (1920-1987) enriched the annals of recorded music more than any other coloratura soprano of the C20th. Fluent in many languages, and well-coached by several eminent singers, she had a voice with a recognisable "colour". Naturally vivacious and charming herself, she could range successfully into deeper emotional expressiveness. As she explained in an interview, "the difficulty every coloratura encounters is to be expressive with a voice of restricted size and colour". Listen to the Dvorak aria here (Track 7) to see how well she overcame this difficulty. In this well-filled CD, produced by a son of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, are found recordings originally issued on three LPs in the 1950s. There are some bravura coloratura items featuring a very secure trill, some rarities, and favourites new and old. The sound quality is first-rate. Texts are not included in the liner notes, instead there is a biographical appreciation printed in German, French, English and Italian. As a footnote, I shall reveal that this delightful artist's fluency in English lapsed slightly on one occasion when she was giving a radio interview in Australia. While discussing the many components of opera production, and intending to say something about the stage lighting, she said, "Of course, very special effects can be obtained in opera houses by lightning"."
NOT SINGING BUT A SILVER HEAVEN GLITTERING WITH STARS
Donald A. Newlove | Greenwich Village | 07/10/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have no single vocal record more prized than this. The other reviewers above all speak more knowledgably of her technique than I can. I can say only that this record puts me adrift in the heavenly beyond. Rita isn't just artful, she's a gift of God driven into your breast. She brightens one's whole sense of existence. Her yearning youth and richness blend the blue of spring with the heart of an agonizingly green June day. Just lovely, lovely, lovely. After you hear Rita Streich: Walzer & Arien, you'll want to get her double album with the reverse title: Rita Streich: Arien & Walzer, which is just as heavenly but slightly more mature and grandly brilliant. You may think Callas singing "Casta Diva" the height of vocal art. You are in for a wonderful surprise."
A selection of glimmering pleasure
devin_lin | Taiwan | 12/19/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a best choice for one who'd like to discover the art of the soprano of secured technique and adorable style. This album selects pieces recorded from three previous LDs; The DG recording is basically good, although half of them are mono recordings, but vividity can be perceived wonderfully throughout the CD. The title of the album is "Walzer und Arien," and these Walzer are exactly what suit Streich's splendid coloratura and her bright Germanic legacy. Some other songs/arias are also adorable, for instance, "Song to the moon" from "Rusalka" and "The last rose of summer" from "Martha." Streich also sings some French pieces: within this realm, although her Germanic descendent of moderacy is revealed from time to time, she sings these parts impeccably. To reach a conclusion, this is an album to the legend of the 50s."