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Another soprano with a growing reputation is Pumeza Matshikiza. Her new collection, Arias, is a curious affair. She starts with warhorses by Puccini, Catalani and Dvorak and sings them very well. She sculpts phrases with tenderness, she has an attractive natural vibrato and a slightly veiled quality. Then she progresses to a mishmash of styles and conquers none, from bonbons like ‘La Paloma’ to the profundity of ‘Dido’s Lament’ via Tosti, Fauré and Hahn amongst others. There’s nothing wrong with pleasing the masses, and I’m sure that many people will enjoy this – she has a lovely voice – but it lacks direction and individuality. Matshikiza is beautifully styled for the booklet photographs, so it’s a pity that not as much attention was given to developing and moulding an equally coherent and consistent musical offering.

Francis Muzzu Read the full review on Agora Classica


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