I just posted this up on the Classical Forum of Audiuo asylum but am so enthusiastic about it I had to spread the word here.
I must confess to frequently just sampling a track or two of newly acquired albums to get a sense of how well I rate then. But not with is album. Canadian Emily D;Angelo’s voice was just too beautiful to stop listening to. And the music itself is so cleverly chosen - all women composers so soulfully interpreted by Emily’s rich, mellow voice.
Yes, I’m truly blown away by the artistry of this singer so am recommending the album with great enthusiam and reverence.
But a classic voice is that of Janet Baker, although the technology with her recordings is dated but the quality of her voice more than makes up for it.
There are many seductive sopranos with the lovely Anne Sofie von Otter, Emma Kirby, Kiri Te Kanawa, and Renee Fleming favourites here.
But not to overlook Magdalena Kozena, Venonique Gens, Victoria de los Angeles. Kathleen Ferrier, Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, Dawn Uposhaw, Anna Netrebko and the superb Cecelia Bartoli who has studiously uncovered much lost and forgotten song.
The above mentioned artists feature most prominently in this collection as does Joan Sutherland, but her voice does not appeal to me as much as the others - a personal hang up!!
Let us know if you would like more specific album recommendations. That said there are very few albums of the artists listed above that are not worthy additions to any library of someone loving vocal music.