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Matshikiza, Pumeza - Arias

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Pumeza Matshikiza (soprano)

Aarhus Symfonieorkester

Tobias Ringborg (conductor)

Decca - 52 mins

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From our blog, 3 September 2016:

Pumeza Matshikiza’s debut album, Voice of Hope (2014), introduced her to an international audience with a mixture of music from her home country, South Africa, and arias by Mozart and Puccini, with whose works she had already established her reputation at the Stuttgart Opera. Her follow-up builds on this range with a beautifully assembled programme showcasing the diversity of her recent and forthcoming roles – including Dido (Purcell), Rusalka (Dvořák) and Concepción (Ravel) – as well as an even broader selection of individual songs: the Cuban-inspired La Paloma (Yradier) and Punto de Habanera (Montsalvatge), the pastiche baroque of À Chloris (Hahn), and newly-commissioned orchestrations of Si tu le voulais (Tosti) and Après un rêve (Fauré). Writing in The Sunday Times, Hugh Canning enthuses, “The verismo arias… reveal one of the most luscious sounds we’ve heard from a young soprano in years”, while noting approvingly that, unlike many of her contemporaries, “she sings words!”

1 - Sì, mi chiamano Mimì - La Bohème - Puccini

2 - Ebben, Ne andrò lontana - La Wally - Catalani

3 - Senza mamma - Suor Angelica - Puccini

4 - Song to the Moon - Rusalka - Dvořák

5 - Tu che di gel sei cinta - Turandot - Puccini

6 - Oh! la pityoable aventure! - L'heure espagnole - Ravel

7 - La Paloma - Yradier

8 - Punto da Habanera - Montsalvatge

9 - Si tu le voulais - Tosti

10 - Après un rêve - Fauré

11 - À chloris - Hahn

12 - Lungi dal caro bene - Sarti

13-14 - Giunse alfin il momento... Deh vieni, non tardar - Le Nozze di Figaro - Mozart

15 - Che fiero momento - Orfeo ed Euridice - Gluck

16 - When I am laid in earth (Dido's Lament) - Dido & Aeneas - Purcell

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