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William Berger - Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Hommage a Trois - Pizzicato


20 June 2014
Pizzicato
Guy Engels
4 Stars

Der südafrikanische Bariton William Berger, dessen Lebensmittelpunkt mittlerweile England ist, steht vor einer vielversprechenden internationalen Karriere. Davon zeugen nicht nur die Engagements an besten Adressen, sondern auch seine Debüt-CD mit Arien von Haydn, Mozart und Cimarosa.

Das klassische Repertoire scheint seinem hellen Timbre und seiner leichten, schwungvollen Stimme zu liegen. In einigen Haydn-Arien klingen Bergers Darbietungen allerdings gelegentlich noch bemüht, steif und unflexibel. Hingegen gibt es andere, sehr schöne Momente in dieser Einspielung - insbesondere im Duett mit Carolyn Sampson, deren klarer, ungetrübter Sopran ihren jungen Kollegen regelrecht zu beflügeln scheint.

William Berger has a nicely timbred voice which suits the classic repertoire fairly well. Though his voice lacks a bit of flexibility in some Haydn arias, most of the program is well sung and the duets with Carolyn Sampson's ravishing voice are excellent.


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