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A selection of the usual suspects (Faust), the not-quite-so-usual (Boito’s Mefistofele), and the downright rare (Sorozábal’s La tabernera del puerto), offering plenty of opportunity for Schrott to make something interesting of a recital disc that goes beyond the standard repertoire – alas a wasted opportunity, for three main reasons. Firstly there is the voice itself, not particularly distinctive, and already sounding rather weathered; there are some belted top notes, but these don’t compensate for hangdog tone. Then Schrott doesn’t particularly delineate character, so his Attila doesn’t sound much different from either Mephisto, and his Italian style doesn’t offer much contrast to his French. And lastly there is the strange recording acoustic which is so overly reverberant that the singer sounds as though he was in a bathroom. Daniele Rustioni conducts the ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien with equal lack of élan, and the contribution of the Wiener Staatsopernchor is decidedly dodgy in parts.

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