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Sylvia Sass: Decca Recitals

Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Magazine
You could say that Sylvia Sass had taken the best from Callas's and Sutherland's Norma ... 'Sempre libera', which sounds appropriately hectic, is fearlessly done (with a tender, ardent incursion from Ian Caley as Alfredo) ... her vibrant 'Suicidio' is undeniably exciting ... The Decca recording is faultless.

Gramophone Magazine
The very first phrases of the opening aria (Turandot's 'In questa reggia', no less) command attention and let you know that something rather special has arrived on the scene. And as the Puccini arias follow one another it becomes quite clear that here is an exceptional singer, distinctive in timbre, distinguished in artistry. The voice glitters rather than soothes, shines rather than warms. It is powerful, has a wide range, and is firmly placed. The tone can be brilliantly luminous (as in the Turandot aria), or may acquire a deeper kind of radiance (as in the 'Vissi d'arte' that follows it).

Gramophone Magazine (Liszt, Bart=k)
Entering into every nuance of the songs' moods, and employing a dynamic range from the merest whisper to a full-blooded climax, Sylvia Sass makes the utmost of their not very rewarding vocal line; but the success of this performance is assured by the subtle playing of Andr▀s Schiff, who conjures up beautiful sounds from the swirling figurations [Bart=k] ... Die Loreley is an evocative scena, sung imaginatively (and with much flexibility of pace) by Sass, bringing into play a vocal quality as seductive as that of the siren herself; and her gentle singing of the serenade Kling leise, mein Lied would melt the most obdurate heart. ... all the performances here are unusually illuminating and satisfying; and the recording is excellent.


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