A little over a month ago I decided to start doing reviews of books written by fellow WP bloggers. Although I didn’t announce it, I also decided to also look into reviews of CDs by fellow bloggers. Here is my first music review, at least the first one for a fellow blogger.
Canzoni D’Amore, an album by soprano Charlotte Hoather, is a mix of art songs/lieder and opera aria. Most of the music is relatively “safe”. You won’t find any of Webern’s lieder or an aria from Berg’s Lulu here. The music being very accessible is understandable for this type of an album. I recognized most of the music, but I wished there was composer info in the files.
I’ll admit I am not not an expert on vocal music. I often read reviews and am amazed at how detailed, and picky, some people can be over the voices on the CD. I spend my time mostly with instrumental music and am only a casual listener to vocal music. So, from my very non-expert opinion I really like Ms. Hoather’s voice even if I can’t go into the type of detail some would. Her voice is very expressive, though I think she is sometimes more expressive on the live performance videos she’s posted on her blog. That, of course, goes without saying – she draws energy from the audience the way any good performer should.
Overall I found the quality of the music fairly high, though noted a few inconsistencies. They were few and far between but my ear occasionally picked up something that wasn’t quite there. These little spots didn’t detract from Ms. Hoather’s beautiful voice, but I want to explain why this isn’t a 5 star review (on Amazon I gave this 4 stars).
I liked this CD and think Ms. Hoather has a very nice voice. She’s still a student so it should only get better over time. In the meantime, this is a very enjoyable CD of very listenable music.