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From Wagner to Edita Gruberová in one sentence. Here the superstar coloratura sings in a selection of unreleased live recordings from 1983 to 2000. I have a problem with Gruberová on disc: namely she never sounds as good as she does in the flesh. Nevertheless, it’s a highly enjoyable selection, ranging from Handel to Johann Strauss. Rather as one might watch a dressage horse prance and wonder whether it can gallop, Gruberová trills her way through her arias with the confidence that only a rock- solid technique and variable taste can bring (Gruby, I’m referring to ‘Una voce poco fa’ if you’re reading). Only in the aria from Beatrice di Tenda does the richness of the core voice shine through. More from the Slovakian Nightingale next month.

Francis Muzzu Read the full review on Agora Classica

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