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Surprise!!

I've always known Ameling as the great art song singer, but there are a few tracks with old standads that I had never heard before. They are great! Ameling sings them so warmly and with a wonderful sense of style and ease. The best part is that she doesn't sound at all like a classical singer making some hilariously pathetic attempt at pop music. Being the consumate artist, her English on those tracks is awesome and is almost always convincing. When it isn't it comes off sounding like a cute momentary lapse and not a painfully obvious lack of skill a la the Three Tenors. The rest of the album is of course at Ameling's incredibly high and predictable level of skill.

Exception To The Rule

I am not too fond of many female "lieder" singers, especially with the songs of Hugo Wolf. (Schwarzkopf makes me gag -- sorry, but I can't stand her.) I make an absolute exception for Ameling. Her vibrato, when judiciously applied, is smooth and creamy. She never warbles or shrieks, even at the highest dynamics. In short, her voice is absolutely beautiful, and she sings so many _different_ types of music so very well. Also be sure to explore her Fauré songs on EMI (where she takes turns with the less-impressive Souzay). Put simply: I _love_ her singing! :-)

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