It’s hard to imagine that a mere CD could fulfill such a messianic purpose. But the first cut, “Scenes of horror, scenes of woe,” from Handel’s Jephtha, gives a sense of what she’s up to ...

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I had last heard this aria in Susan Gritton’s trim, well-mannered reading on the Sixteen’s recent recording of the complete oratorio. DiDonato’s version is something else entirely. The sharp attack of her singing gives it an almost shocking immediacy; the hammer-stroke articulation of the line “rising from the shades below” makes it seem as if the “scenes of horror” were indeed dredged up from hell. The barbarities she describes, rather than transpiring in the

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Kansas diva argues an eloquent case for making peace not war.

Limelight Magazine

Mezzo-soprano superstar Joyce DiDonato’s latest album of Baroque opera arias started life as a project to bring to light some Neapolitan rarities, but it took a swift hairpin turn in November last year following the brutal terror attacks in Paris. The Kansas diva and the crack Il Pomo d’Oro under their exciting young Russian Chief Conductor Maxim Emelyanychev ditched the programme and came up with a selection of “war and peace” arias, all of them sending a strong

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The result of this concept‑CD stands out precisely where the two levels of War and Peace intertwine. In the midst of war, man can yearn for pacification, and when peace wins, the victory over the war is all the more stormy. This is exactly what the singing of DiDonato makes clear. She is an expressionist in the best sense, who can effortlessly develop an occupying dramatic presence ...

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“The result of this concept-CD stands out precisely where the two levels of War and Peace intertwine. In the midst of war, man can yearn for pacification, and when peace wins, the victory over the war is all the more stormy. This is exactly what the singing of DiDonato makes clear. She is an expressionist in the best sense, who can effortlessly develop an occupying dramatic presence …” {Das Ergebnis dieser Konzept-CD besticht gerade dort, wo sich die beiden

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