The Radiant Voice of Barbara Bonney
Open iTunes to preview, buy, and download music.
For true radiance, one needs more than a pretty voice
I found this compilation rather disappointing. Yes, Miss Bonney has a lovely voice, even “radiant”, but I found the opera selections strangely unmoving. The two Mozart arias ("Deh, vieni" and "Ach, ich fuhls") are especially mechanical-sounding, but maybe it's Ostman's breakneck tempos that are to blame (and I usually LIKE fast tempos!). Plus, I don't like the ornament at the end of “Deh, vieni.” I can bear these things in Mozart, but generally only in repeats of verses (see the Cecilia Bartoli/Claudio Abbado "Voi che sapete" or any of Bryn Terfel’s recordings of "Se vuol ballare" and "Non piu andrai" for examples of this). Plus, I'm simply in love with the traditional cadenza for that aria. The duets fare better. Her Adina is charming, though not as delicately-shaded as Cecilia Bartoli’s, and is moreover paired with the ardent and beautiful-toned Nemorino of Gösta Winbergh. The Presentation of the Rose scene might not be the greatest ever recorded (Amazon reviewers mention that Miss Bonney herself has done many finer versions) but at least it introduced me to this great duet. Thankfully the rest of the CD does not take its cue from the Mozart opera cuts (though it must be admitted that the first movement of Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater” is lacking passion in the extreme); the German leider are excellent, as is Dowland’s “Come again.”
Born: April 19, 1956
Years Active: '80s, '90s