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Pavol Breslik cites Wunderlich as a role model, and takes on much of that legend’s repertoire in his new Mozart recital album, deftly conducted by Patrick Lange. Breslik has an international career that includes regular appearances in Munich and Zurich, where he is an audience favourite with his well-produced tenor and good looks. Mozart is Breslik’s calling card. His voice is flexible, shown to great effect in Idomeneo’s ‘Fuor del mar’, and has a steady line with well-integrated registers. Onstage he is a persuasive performer, but on disc he sounds more formulaic. His singing could do with more light and shade, especially when verses are repeated. The difference when he tackles excerpts from Die Zauberflöte is marked, as he has the Speaker of José van Dam to react to and his performance bursts into colour. Excellent vocalising, but a bit too generalised in interpretation.

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