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Another soprano with the same vocal generosity and ability to relish a phrase is up-and-coming star Rosa Feola. Musica e Poesia from the Rosenblatt Recitals series finds her tackling songs notable for the beauty of their poetry, so we have Ponchielli’s setting of Dante, Liszt’s Tre Sonetti di Petrarca and so on. Feola makes a rapturous start with Respighi’s Quattro rispetti toscani, immensely aided by Iain Burnside’s exquisite accompaniment. Her voice is a generous lyric with many colours, so she can sound almost wan one minute and then swell to a luscious bloom the next. Her tone is even throughout the range and she is technically assured. A natural Susanna heading towards becoming the Countess one day, I suspect. This is a disc to treasure.

Francis Muzzu Read the full review on Agora Classica


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