Ombre de mon amant is Anne Sofie von Otter's first recording of these French Baroque Arias - graceful, temperamental tunes which will delight her fans and thrill Baroque music cognoscenti
Otter's mastery of diverse musical genres, crystalline diction and exquisite musicality empower her interpretations of French repertoire. Her celebrated Offenbach album and album of rarities of songs by Chaminade are cases in point
Anne Sofie von Otter, every bit a woman of the theatre as she is of song, embodies Charpentier's Médée and Phèdre in Rameau's Hippolyte et Aricie matchlessly, in the grand manner
The Guardian commented: "Her Médée [...] was a thing of wonder. Keeping us to the right side of empathy, von Otter dragged us with her into utter monstrosity, unleashing hell with the most exquisite of pianissimos and suggesting vortices of emotion beneath the calm, controlled surface."