Very good, a bit too light for some songs
Mathew Calewarts | VA | 12/17/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Sylvia Mcnair has a pure, simple, yet enchanting voice. There is nothing simple about her coloraura though, which is just out of this world. The melisma's and runs are so clear and vocally supported. Like "Martern aller Arten", which arouses thoughts of other coloratura roles. The high notes in this piece, which are astonomically high mind you, are the most powerful I've ever heard. Of all pieces, this, unfortuanetly, is the only true one of coloratura proportions. She needs to record more!! I see a possible "Caro Nome" or yes even a "Sempre Libera". The "Porgi Amor" and "Ach, ich fuhl's" are both too heavy for Mcnair, this is why I only give four stars. The "Deh Veni" and "Dove Sono", though, are just perfect for her voice. All-in-all a pretty good CD, but could have been put together a bit better."
A better selection should have been considered and recorded
Robert Petersen | Durban, South Africa | 05/15/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"McNair's light soprano shines in some of the selections on this album, but the Countess and Constanze are not her fach. She may have the notes, but the voice lacks the depth to penetrate these characters. She also sounds a bit bland as her voice 'colours' cannot give enough of an interpretation to the arias"