Carly’s scores are a real draw david mel­lor al­bum of the week

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Carly Paoli is a win­ning blend of south­ern Italy and northern Eng­land, which is ob­vi­ous through­out this ap­peal­ing record­ing of her stand-out con­cert at Lon­don’s Cado­gan Hall that I re­viewed in Fe­bru­ary.

Ital­ian sun­shine is ev­ery­where in her mag­i­cal ac­counts of songs cre­ated from two of En­nio Mor­ri­cone’s most cel­e­brated film scores; Se tu Fossi (Cin­ema Par­adiso) and Nella Fan­ta­sia (The Mis­sion). ‘Oop north’ pro­vided Paoli with her strik­ing vo­cal tech­nique, honed over three years at the cel­e­brated Royal Northern Col­lege of Mu­sic.

Sadly there is only one op­er­atic aria here, Dvo­rak’s Song To The Moon from Rusalka. But what an aria, and what a per­for­mance, with Paoli at her best, dis­play­ing not only a near flaw­less tech­nique, but also her fear­less­ness, with ev­ery phrase, how­ever high-ly­ing, con­fi­dently launched and ef­fort­lessly achieved. In­deed, through­out this var­ied pro­gramme her at­trac­tively fast vi­brato im­parts warmth and colour to every­thing she sings.

For me she is es­pe­cially suc­cess­ful in a Dis­ney med­ley, where

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Some Day My Prince Will Come from Snow White is de­liv­ered with win­ning sim­plic­ity, while I Know You, based on the waltz from Tchaikovsky’s Sleep­ing Beauty, shows her par­tic­u­lar abil­ity with fine clas­si­cal melodies. Her pub­li­cist de­scribes her as ‘The ris­ing star of the com­mer­cial clas­sic world’, and so she is. She has worked hard to make her­self, at her best, a ter­rific in­ter­preter of a wide range of mu­sic, es­pe­cially the finest film mu­sic. Just lis­ten to her en­core here, Harold Arlen’s Over The Rain­bow from The Wizard Of Oz, and you will im­me­di­ately recog­nise what a spe­cial tal­ent she is.

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