The Mail on Sunday - Event - - CLASSICAL - David Mel­lor

Pretty Yende Dreams Sony, out now

Pretty Yende’s first al­bum, A Jour­ney, was might­ily im­pres­sive. This one is even more so. She’s a lyric so­prano with a point-per­fect col­oratura tech­nique, and this is one of the most im­pres­sive recital al­bums in a long time.

What you get here are both dreams and night­mares. The mad scene from Donizetti’s Lu­cia Di Lam­mer­moor is one of the most de­mand­ing scenes in bel canto opera. Yende per­forms it with com­plete con­vic­tion. No won­der she’s in such de­mand for the role. There is also lighter, hap­pier stuff, such as Juli­ette’s aria Je Veux Vivre from Gounod’s Romeo Et Juli­ette, which sounds won­der­fully bright and breezy. Don’t miss this.

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