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El-Khoury, Spyres, Hallé, Rizzi, Cadogan Hall review - bel canto lives again | reviews, news & interviews

El-Khoury, Spyres, Hallé, Rizzi, Cadogan Hall review - bel canto lives again

El-Khoury, Spyres, Hallé, Rizzi, Cadogan Hall review - bel canto lives again

A fine soprano, tenor and conductor serve up true style in early 19th-century rarities


Hearing them both separately to start with whetted the appetite to hear them in duet - for which we had to wait until the end of the first half. As anticipated, they were glorious together. More so even than your clip from the recording would suggest, since here the balance makes Spyre's voice a little dominant. Very keen to see El-Khoury on stage in a complete production.

Having now listened to both CDs - one devoted to El-Khoury, the other to Spyres, with a duet apiece as featured in the concert on each disc - I'd have to say that the Spyres one is the total success. Curiously the lights that seemed to catch the soprano's voice live don't seem to be there and it's a darker sound with not enough brightness except at the top - and the energy doesn't quite match Spyres'. But still intensely musical, and I bet she's a fabulous Violetta, as Alexandra Coghlan's review on The Arts Desk indicates.

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