Julia Lezhneva, Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini - Handel (2015)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 69:50 | 295 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera, Vocal | Label: Decca | Catalog: 478 6766
The athletic Italian- (and Latin-) language arias of the young Handel, almost unknown to general audiences a few decades ago, have become almost a rite of passage for young sopranos, so it's no surprise to see the highly praised soprano Julia Lezhneva come along with a collection of them for her second solo album. It's an attractive set showing that Lezhneva knows how to play to her strengths. There are just enough of the big showpieces to prove that she can acquit herself fine in them (and indeed she has done the likes of Vivaldi very well in the past), but the majority of the program is devoted to displaying her rather uncanny silvery sound.