Superstar tenor Lawrence Brownlee continues to relentlessly rack up the plaudits in operatic circles with his recent Delos album, Virtuoso Rossini Arias (DE 3455). The most recent evidence of this comes with Judith Malafronte’s review in the August issue of Opera News (ON), in which she writes admiringly of “Brownlee’s sweet voice and elegant singing,” as well as his “…athletic vocal leaps and energized virtuosity.”
She goes on to say that “Brownlee employs his fresh sound with an aristocratic reserve that always serves the musical style. Runs and figuration are perfectly poised … High notes are secure and full, without a hint of strain or nasality (the high D in the Turco in Italia aria is huge), and Brownlee’s sense of timing for cadenzas and held notes is well developed.”
But don’t just take ON’s word for it. You should know that this remarkable album has emerged in recent months as Delos’ overall American bestseller thus far in 2014. And the only way you can fully appreciate this vocal magician’s glittering technique, elegant musicality and glowing sound is to experience them for yourself.
Fair warning: When you get your copy, you’d better be sitting down whenever Larry hits any of the album’s many high C’s and D’s – Delos cannot be held responsible if they make you go weak in the knees!
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