Larmore made her reputation with the Baroque and bel canto repertoires and she turns in handsome accounts of ‘Hence, Iris, away!’ from Semele and Tancredi’s aria ‘Tell me, my beating heart’ (‘Di tanti palpiti’). A pair of numbers from the neglected La favorita are well done too, with a winning legato in the opening of Leonora’s cavatina ‘Oh, my beloved…’ after David Parry has sent the solo harp and horn off into one of Donizetti’s most beguiling melodies. Parry drives the Philharmonia Orchestra on admirably in Leonora’s and Fernando’s duet ‘You, most courteous maiden… My beloved’ (Ah, mio bene’).
International Record Review
Jennifer Larmore’s sure and defiant mezzo was ideal…
Reviews from recent performances:
Jennifer Larmore possesses a gloriously rich mezzo; very steely and very precise, but also very warm.
Versatility is the key to mezzo Jennifer Larmore’s success in this English-language programme, as it is in the opera house. She’s top-of-the-range in Juno’s number from Handel’s Semele, while the Mozart, Rossini, Donizetti and Bellini items all find here spirited and technically faultless.
BBC Music Magazine 'Choice'
On this hugely engaging disc of arias in English, Larmore shows once again why she’s one of Chandos’ most popular artists. Her voice has a luxury richness about it, and her dramatic skills are second to none. She blazes with passion as the desperate Princess Bouillon from Adriana Lecouvreur and brings a sense of grand nobility to the page Adriano from Wagner’s Reinzi.
Classic FM Magazine
Track by track, Larmore’s technical command and dramatic concentration are stunning. That Rienzi solo, for instance, is an immense undertaking, and everything – vocal range and expressive intensity for a start – is in the grand manner, indomitable and tireless. Azucena’s gruesome narrative is tense in enunciation, musically very precise and graced by genuine trills where they are often fudged or ignored. Larmore is amongst the most accomplished singers of her time.
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