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BBC Music Magazine
5 Stars
Recording of the Month: 'Soprano Elizabeth Watts gets to the heart of Mozart in a sparkling recording of arias and overtures, performed with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under Christian Baldini.'
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MusicWeb International
Recording of the Month: 'I almost passed this by, thinking that I didn't need another collection of Mozart arias and overtures: I was very wrong...it's the quality of the singing that ultimately persuaded me to make this a Recording of the Month.'
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Gramophone
'The track that moved me most of all was the exquisite minuet song in which Servilia pleads to Vitellia to confess her guilt to the Emperor Titus – [Watts] vindicates [her broad tempo] with the mingled grace and unexaggerated fervour of her singing, the orchestra swelling and ebbing in delicate sympathy.'
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Classical Candor
'Baldini and soprano Elizabeth Watts handle the arias exquisitely. I also loved the precision and poise of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, who never fail to impress me with their devotion to the music.'
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BBC Radio 3 ‘CD Review’
‘Soprano Elizabeth Watts in radiant form in arias across a half-dozen Mozart operas, each preceded by its overture from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Christian Baldini in the semi- historically informed mode familiar from the orchestra’s Mozart symphony recordings with Sir Charles Mackerras. In fact I think this makes a lovely adjunct to those recordings. Beautifully recorded as well.’
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Sinfini Music
4 Stars
'Thrilling playing from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra make this an essential disc in a crowded market, says Alexandra Coghlan, who enjoys this whistle-stop tour around Mozart's operas.'
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SA-CD.net
5 Stars
'Wherever you dip into this disc you will find singing of great character, freshness and refinement that marks out all of Elizabeth Watts' performances, making this a disc to return to often with much pleasure. Highly recommended.'
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The Sunday Times
'Watts is a rising British talent in this repertoire.'
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SA-CD.net
'A lovely recording...'
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Pizzicato
,,Elizabeth Watts...hat sich zu einer guten Mozart-Interpretin entwickelt. Ihre warme Stimme eignet sich bestens für die Susanna-Arie aus den ‘Nozze di Figaro’, und sie entwickelt dramatische Kraft und hoch geputschte Emotionalität in der Ilia-Arie aus ‘Idomeneo’.''
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McAlister Matheson Music
'I find something fresh in these seductive performances each time I hear them. This is another winner for Linn and the SCO.'
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AllMusic
4½ Stars
'[Watt's] bright and flexible voice is wonderful in Mozart...This disc invites repeated listening and is highly recommended.'
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Classic FM
Album of the Week: 'A really original idea.'
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Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Mozart: Opera Arias & Overtures - The Observer


28 June 2015
The Observer
Stephen Pritchard
4 Stars

A thrilling compilation

It would be a mistake to dismiss this as yet another "best bits" compilation album, pairing arias from Mozart operas with their overtures. The glorious voice of Elizabeth Watts - now established as one Britain's leading sopranos - more than justifies the purchase price. She reprises her seductive portrayal of Zerlina in the Royal Opera's Don Giovanni with a touching Vedrai, carino, and moves us again with Per pietà from Così fan tutte. Christian Baldini makes an impressive recording debut with the SCO, bringing real drive and focus to overtures from Le nozze di FigaroIdomeneoDon GiovanniLa clemenza di TitoLa finta giardinieraand Così fan tutte. Thrilling stuff.


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