ABC Classics presents the recording return of one of its brightest stars, soprano Emma Matthews.
Following the success of her 2009 album Emma Matthews in Monte Carlo, recorded with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Emma now turns her unique talent to the passion, eloquence and beauty of Mozart Arias.
Working closely from a young age with some of the greatest singers of the age, Mozart came to know the soprano voice intimately, and the arias he wrote for it are breathtaking, both in the extremes of range - from the famous and spectacular high Fs in the Queen of the Night aria, to the rich warmth of the lower registers - and in the breadth of drama and emotion that the music portrays.
Emma Matthews has been performing the operas of Mozart to international acclaim for many years, and this album is a showcase of her skill and artistry, her extraordinary virtuosity, her expressive genius, and above all, her deep love of this sublime music.
"A dazzling artist" - The Australian
"A national treasure" - Richard Mills
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1. Lieve sono al par del vento (I am as fickle as the breeze) from Il sogno di Scipione (Scipio’s Dream) 2. Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben (Rest gently, my dear one) from Zaide 3. Vorrei spiegarvi, oh Dio (Oh God, I wish I could tell you), KV418 4. Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen (Queen of the Night Aria) from The Magic Flute 5. Ah, lo previdi (Ah, I knew it would happen), KV272 6. Ach, ich fühl’s (Alas, I feel it) from The Magic Flute 7. Ah se in ciel, benigne stelle (Ah, kindly stars, if there is still any mercy in heaven), KV538 8. Dove sono i bei momenti (Where are the beautiful moments) from The Marriage of Figaro 9. Voi avete un cor fedele (Your heart is faithful), KV217