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Arias by Gluck and Mozart Camilla Till­ing (so­prano); Mu­sica Saecu­lo­rum/philipp von Steinaecker

BIS BIS-2234 (hy­brid CD/SACD) 65:51 mins

In this out­stand­ingly ac­com­plished se­lec­tion of 18th-cen­tury op­er­atic arias, Camilla Till­ing demon­strates just how re­ward­ing such al­bums can be when ex­e­cuted with the most gen­uine kind of mu­sico-dra­matic artistry. The em­i­nent Swedish so­prano in­ter­sperses – not in en­tirely log­i­cal or­der – fa­mil­iar Mozart with slightly less fa­mil­iar Gluck to de­liv­ery – in equal part vo­cal and ver­bal, whether in French or Ital­ian – that re­sults in a parade of ‘real peo­ple’ step­ping out in three di­men­sions be­fore the lis­tener’s de­lighted ears.

Till­ing’s fresh-sound­ing so­prano is, on this show­ing, a pro­tean Clas­si­cal in­stru­ment – not lush­toned, maybe on the light side for Gluck’s en­chantress Ar­mide and high priest­ess Iphigénie, but ev­ery­where em­ployed with such unas­sail­able tech­ni­cal mas­tery, such con­trol of breath sup­port and easy flow of phrase, that not even the ex­trav­a­gant high-and-low flour­ishes of Fiordiligi’s ‘Come scoglio’ emerge flus­tered or short-changed. But it’s the sense each per­for­mance cre­ates that all these women have been lived in ‘on the in­side’ that makes this CD a truly re­mark­able achieve­ment. The youth­ful Ital­ian-ty­rolese pe­riod band’s ded­i­cated ac­com­pa­ni­ments form an in­sep­a­ra­ble el­e­ment.

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