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Suzie LeBlanc portrait -sampler

Classics Today
1 août 2006

Artistic Quality 10
Sound Quality 10
This compilation of Handel performances by soprano Suzie LeBlanc, drawn from three previously released recordings made between 2001 and 2003, serve as an excellent introduction to this fine singer and stands on its own as a thoughtfully programmed recital. The opening 'Lascia ch'io pianga' from Rinaldo shows her clear voice and (thankfully) unaffected style, the emotion captured just right, the phrasing eloquent, th control giving no hint of effort. And this holds true throughout every selection, whether in the six-movement, recently discovered Gloria in excelsis Deo (her impassioned 'Qui tollis' is a highlight) or in the more virtuosic rapid runs, lightning-quick turns, and subtle ornaments of "Da Tempeste" from Giulio Cesare. Her arias from Acis & Galatea are as well-sung as any on disc, although in this context, the "Happy we!" duet (with tenor Mark Bleeke) sticks out as one of Handel's cornier creations. LeBlanc's various orchestral partners--and flutist Claire Guimond in "Ombre, piante" from Rodelinda--are first-rate, and on two occasions make their separate contributions in the form of an Overture HWV 337 and Sinfonia (the opening movement of Acis). Although originating from different recordings, the sound is consistent and captivating. Lovely!
David Vernier - ClassicsToday.com

Le Journal de Montréal
4 juin 2005

★★★★ 1/2
Nous pourrions presque affirmer qu'il était temps. Toutes les compagnies de disques ou presque sortent un écrin de luxe pour leurs vedettes et peu en notre belle province ont eu ce désir. La compagnie de disques ATMA, qui récolte prix par-dessus prix (et à juste titre), brosse un portrait tout en douceur et finesse musicale de la soprano Suzie LeBlanc. OUtre les duos d'amour avec le contre-ténor Daniel Taylor qui ont fait chavirer bien des coeurs, vous pourrez découvrir toute l'étendue de son art à travers Acis & Galatea, Gloria in excelsis Deo et sa rencontre avec la flûtiste Claire Guimond. Un passeport de rêve et un cadeau qui pansera rapidement les petits malheurs quotidiens!
Christophe Rodriguez - Le Journal de Montréal