Notes & Reviews:
[In 'Come, o sleep, and let my cares'] the gentle, courtly tone so effortlessly sustained by Rial is elevated by the use of two flutes amid a glowing orchestral arrangement. The delightful feathery fluting of concertante recorder likewise helps animate the emotional quandary of "Hope gives me comfort"
BBC Music Magazine
Rial's enchanting recital with the Basel Chamber Orchestra comprises high-quality arias...the orchestral performance is beautifully poised to support Rial's serene soprano.
The diverse programme is selected shrewdly. 'Komm o Schlaf' (Germanicus), with plucked basso continuo, is a beguiling sleep aria ideal for Rial's intimate soft singing...Rial impresses in impassioned outbursts...and virtuoso recorder solos make a dazzling impact.
International Record Review
The disc predominantly displays the crystalline purity of her voice and her rich seam of eloquent lyricism. Her precise and fluting upper register is the most impressive vocal attibute in evidence here...Secondly, it features a genuinely virtuoso instrumental soloist. Julia Schroder bursts on to the scene with a robustness and fiery energy the complete antithesis of Rial.
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