Jamie Barton and Brian Zeger’s new All Who Wander recording is an Opera News “Critic’s Choice” selection:
“[The] A-flat on this disc brings out something very special in Jamie Barton’s voice. The note retains the lush texture of the mezzo-soprano’s middle register, but with the ascent on high now lending the sound an extra edge of urgency: it sounds like she’s unleashing a torrent of passion. The extraordinary voice provides pleasure up and down its range—and throughout this recital. It’s a big sound, unforced in its amplitude, never shuddering under pressure. Even at loud dynamics (as in the climax of Mahler’s “Um Mitternacht”), Barton seems to have something in reserve. … the beauty of Barton’s instrument and her skill in deploying it remain constant throughout this satisfying recital.” —Fred Cohn, Opera News
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