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BARBER: Vanessa

Composer(s):Barber, Samuel
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Opera
Catalogue 8.669140-41
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Review By David Perkins,The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC),January 2009

This Naxos release is the opera's second recording, and it's a good one. The second-tier American singers, led by Ellen Chickering as Vanessa, are committed, personal and strong throated. Gil Rose sets fluid, broad tempos, and the National Symphony of the Ukraine makes a fine sound --and turns on a dime.

Review By Patrick O'Connor,Gramophone,December 2003

"Ellen Chickering is a commanding Vanessa, with crisp diction...Ray Bauwens as the cad Anatol, and Marion Dry as the Baroness are both fine...The sound quality is clear, the balance between voices and orchestra excellent. Anyone who is attracted to American verismo will enjoy this."

Review By Ted Medrek,Boston Herald,

"A local cast that's practically peerless."

Review By Matthew Rye,The Daily Telegraph (Australia),October 2003

"...given the price, this is a rewarding way of getting to know one of the first American "grand operas", a genre still very much in vogue across the Atlantic."


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