Gramophone Magazine’s March 2019 issue is out and includes a great review of Stephen Costello’s new A Te, O Cara recording:
“the Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra under Constantine Orbelian suitably frame the emotional directness of the performances. Costello’s … colouristic range is apparent in every selection, allowing recitatives to speak with … light and shade. … Costello’s voice readily contours itself to the French of arias from La fille du régiment. … Two arias that forever put lyric tenors to the test are bravely included. Costello nails the multiple high Cs in ‘Ah mes amis, quel jour de fête’ from La fille du régiment, though what handily puts him across the finish line is the overall characterisation and larger sense of musical intent behind the vocal athleticism. And Costello’s elastic moulding of the texts and phrases in the much-recorded ‘Una furtiva lagrima’ from L’elisir d’amore reflects his deepening artistry.”—David Patrick Stearns, Gramophone Magazine
See the full review on Gramophone.co.uk and in the March 2019 issue.