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Two singers offer debut recitals under Capriccio’s Première Portraits series. Austrian Cornelia Hübsch sings five Korngold songs and devotes the rest of her CD to Goldmark, with the help of Charles Spencer’s adroit accompaniment. Hübsch has a bright and sometimes glassy soprano, mobilised well throughout its range, and sensibly keeping its tone buoyant and avoiding chest voice wherever possible. But with a generous 25 songs, it does get a bit wearing, though she obviously takes pains to colour the voice. The repertoire is interesting and credit to the soprano for her programme, but some variation would have been welcome.

The second recital is from Italian tenor Emanuele D’Aguanno and consists of songs by Bellini, Donizetti and Rossini, once again with the dependable Spencer at the keyboard. D’Aguanno has a high-placed traditional tenor, liquid-toned, covered at the top, with confident attack and instinctive phrasing. He is communicative and takes pains to differentiate verses. His Bellini is well-limned, and his traversal of ‘La ricordanza’ (a tune also used for ‘Qui la voce’ in I puritani) is elegant. His Rossini shows offa good ‘ping’ to the voice.

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