Emma Matthews, soprano
Melbourne SO/Andrea Molino
ABC 481 4236
4 1/2 stars
It is always such a pleasure to hear Emma Matthews sing. It is also a pleasure to see her on stage or in a face to face interview,
particularly the latter because she never fails to hug me before and after. Like everyone else, I guess, it’s nice to be appreciated!! Her last CD was the 2004 recital of Mozart arias with the Tasmanian Symphony but I still prefer the album which she produced when she hopped off to Monte Carlo to record under the guidance of Brad Cohen. Emma’s voice was then at its peak and although it has matured somewhat since, it is still a thing of beauty and a joy to hear. In this album she hasn’t concentrated
on the coloratura side of her voice but rather on the drama at which composers like Verdi excel. True, there is still the odd high E or F (including a deliciously hanging one in Rossini’s Il Turco in Italia) but the two arias from La traviata and the orchestral prelude will have you begging for more. If Emma isn’t a National Treasure already then I suggest there was no justice in the ballot which was announced a few years back. There’s still a gracious lady with a divine voice and this album is proof of it!
- Randolph Magri-Overend
This CD review was published in the October Magazine.