Verdi/Donizetti/Puccini

COMPOSERS: Verdi/Donizetti/Puccini
LABELS: Unicorn-Kanchana
WORKS: Sole e amore: The Songs of Verdi, Puccini and Donizetti
PERFORMER: Nuccia Focile (soprano)Michael Pollock (piano)
CATALOGUE NO: DKP(CD)9161 DDD
This is an absorbing and delightful repertoire and an equally engaging performance from Focile. She has a marvellous way of closing a phrase by spinning the note to the edge of its sound and simply letting it float into space. Just occasionally, there is a tendency to a tightness and shrillness at the top of her register. The Donizetti Neapolitan songs are real nuggets of gold in a fascinating programme. Pollock provides excellent accompaniments. Elise McDougall

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