Verdi: Romances and Canzonettas

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COMPOSERS: Verdi
LABELS: CPO
WORKS: Romances and Canzonettas
PERFORMER: Ning Liang (mezzo-soprano)Cord Garben (piano)
CATALOGUE NO: 999 425-2
Here are most of Verdi’s songs, from the group of six romances that he wrote in his mid-twenties to the ‘Ave Maria’ of 40 years later. They are charming and affecting, but not in these performances. Ning Liang plods her way through them dully, with wooden accompaniment. Charles Osborne

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