13. Dec 2007 21:59, Bo
Har i dag modtaget min nye Dawn Upshaw-CD, "Voices of Light":
Bruce Hodges, MusicWeb: "Voices of Light certainly shows the singer in effortless form, and the sensitive keyboard contribution from Gilbert Kalish is a joy. Throughout the program, my listening notes are peppered with “wow.” The program is anchored by soft-hued French sets from Debussy and Fauré, and the latter’s La Chanson d’Ève might be the highlight of the entire recording. Upshaw’s creamy tone is perfectly suited to these songs, her feather-light touch capturing the essence of this composer, and again, I can’t praise Kalish enough. His support is the kind that makes the word “accompaniment” sound inadequate ... "
Anna Picard, Independent on Sunday: "As the first recital disc of 2005, American soprano Dawn Upshaw's ecstatic programme of songs by Messaien, Faure, Debussy and Osvaldo Golijov sets a very high standard for subsequent releases. Inspired by Upshaw's role as the Angel in Peter Sellars's 1992 Salzburg production of Messaien's Saint Francois d'Assise, Voices of Light is a remarkable collection of songs that blur the edges between sensual and religious transport."
Andrew Clements, Guardian: "Her slightly detached approach is perfectly suited to the Fauré cycle, which sets poems by Charles van Lerberghe giving views of the Garden of Eden as seen through Eve's eyes; it's a world of unsullied innocence, described before the appearance of the serpent, and Upshaw's chaste purity is exactly right. Yet she is just as convincing in the scarcely veiled eroticism of the Chansons de Bilitis, with their anticipations of Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande, and Messiaen's strangely hybrid world that consistently blurs the boundaries between religious and sexual ecstasy."
Anmelder på Fagnits: "The otherworldly presentation by Dawn Upshaw and Gilbert Kalish of songs by the under appreciated spiritualist composer Olivier Messiaen in the company of other composers of luminosity songs such as Claude Debussy, Gabriel Faure and the contemporary Osvaldo Golijov is one of the most unique and successful recordings to appear in a long time."