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Adrianne Pieckzonka takes a far more personal approach to her programme of Strauss songs and Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder. Pieckzonka’s Strauss is a worthwhile mixture of the well and less-known and throughout the whole album she seemingly enjoys creating a variety of moods. Her soprano has clarity and thrust, and she can whittle down her sound when required. My one problem is that the voice is not innately individual or interesting. So, skilful though she is, I wouldn’t choose this CD over many competitors in an already crowded field. Comparisons may be odious but they are inevitable, and of course Pieckzonka’s voice may speak to you in a way that I fail to appreciate. However, the recital is beautifully recorded, the sound very ‘present’, and Brian Zeger’s exemplary accompaniment is balanced wonderfully against the voice.

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