Critic Grego Applegate Edwards breaks down the new Adrianne Pieczonka Sings Strauss & Wagner recording on his Classical-Modern Music Review site:
“Strauss in many ways was an original extension of Wagner, so grouping the two together is not at all a stretch. And both wrote lieder, Strauss especially. Consequently when an excellent Canadian soprano treats us to a program featuring the two, on Adrianne Pieczonka Sings Strauss & Wagner (Delos 3474), we are on firm ground with a landscape that complements itself in its details and overall landmarks. … Zeger is the ideal accompanist, in total synch with the vocal lead, unobtrusive yet pianistically strong. Adrianne Pieczonka, her ravishing tone, her powerful projective dramatic sense, her impeccable musicality, is the near-ideal artist for this repertoire. If she reminds me favorably of the great Kirsten Flagstad, it is for those qualities Kisten embodied so beautifully–strength in all ranges and an artful dramatic sense. Adrianne Pieczonka impresses me as one of the great living exponents of this repertoire, based on the CD at hand. For that reason I most certainly recommend this album. Ravishing lieder, ravishing performances!” —Grego Applegate Edwards, Classical-Modern Music Review
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