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Mozart: Opera Arias

WholeNote Magazine
1 mai 2014

While Mozart's concert arias were normally composed as additions to an opera score or as substitutions for other arias, the two represented on this recording were composed specifically for concert performance: Misera, dove son, composed for Countess Baumgarten and Ch'io mi scordi di te?...Non temere, amato bene which was originally intended for insertion for performance in Idomineo. However, the version Gauvin performs was adapted for the farewell concert of Nancy Storace, a singer much adored by Mozart. Gauvin's superb purity of tone and dramatic interpretation shine in this aria. The orchestration calls for piano obbligato, deftly handled by Benedetto Lupo. One can imagine Storace and Mozart throroughly enjoying the breakaway passage where the orchestra withdraws to feature the two.
Another wonderful exchange between instrumentalist and singer occurs in Non piu di fiori from the opera La Clemenza di Tito with André Moisan's gorgeously expressive basset horn obbligato. The opera arias featured are also marked by a superb sensitivity to the deeply emotive undertones in Mozart, especially Susanna's deeply moving Act IV aria Deh vieni non tardar from The Marriage of Figaro. This recording demonstrates that Karina Gauvin shares a trait with Mozart: the ease and grace with which it falls on the ear of the listener belies the true complexity and superb artistry inherent in the crafting of a truly exquisite performance.
Dianne Wells - The WholeNote

Le Journal de Montréal
29 mars 2014

(...) Prêtez une oreille attentive à cette nouveauté. Demandée sur toutes les grandes scènes, nous comprenons très vite pourquoi la soprano Karina Gauvin est appelée si souvent puisque sa voix impeccable de justesse distille aussi des profondeurs infinies de poésie. Soutenue par la très subtile formation des Violons du Roy, elle revisite avec ces airs de Mozart un panorama connu certes auquel elle apporte beaucoup de raffinement ainsi qu'une sensibilité qui confirme son statut d'interprète de haut niveau.
Christophe Rodriguez - Le Journal de Montréal

Radio-Canada Première | Samedi et rien d'autre
15 mars 2014

« Les Violons du Roy: qui dit mieux! (...) Karina Gauvin s'en tire admirablement...» 
Edgar Fruitier, chronique à Samedi et rien d'autre - Radio-Canada Première Chaîne