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Album Review

Cristal is an excellent and original recording. This is a disc that is fresh and exciting. Its brilliance comes through from the first piece right through to the last. Cristal, subtitled "Glass Music Through the Ages," is a unique recording that features Linda Ronstadt with glass virtuoso Dennis James. This recording showcases a variety of different moods, but the glass harmonica and the crystal baschet have lush and serenely sweet sounds that bring the pieces to life while also letting them settle in the background. Cristal features a variety of performers, including the Emerson String Quartet and Ruth Ann Swenson. The recording also features original glass music by Mozart, Beethoven, C.P.E. Bach, and Purcell. For fans of ethereal music, particularly space and new age music, this is an excellent find. Fans of classical and more mainstream music will also find this recording to be exceptionally refreshing. Overall, this is a fantastic work and one that belongs in any music lover's collection.


Born: August 25, 1959 in New York, NY

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '90s

Lyric soprano Ruth Ann Swenson attracted attention from the moment of her 1983 professional debut in San Francisco. The determination evident in her Despina in that production was a recurrent thread throughout her developing career, preparing her to both enjoy the rewards of celebrity and also accept its responsibilities. The blonde, very pretty young singer returned to San Francisco to sing a concentrated yet rewardingly diverse repertory. Such roles as Gilda, Pamina, Nannetta, Ines (in Meyerbeer's...
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