Songs of the Classical Age
- CDR 90000 049
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While the classical era is synonymous with Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert, Songs of the Classical Age illuminates a host of other composers of the Age of Enlightenment, along with less-familiar works by the aforementioned titans.
Soprano Patrice Michaels, with keyboard artist David Schrader on fortepiano, performs an exceptionally wide-ranging program of 27 songs in four languages by 17 composers, including seven women and a Black composer from the French Caribbean. On this CD, a companion to her previous recital disc, Songs of the Romantic Age, Miss Michaels turns to what many consider her "core" repertoire: the music of Mozart and his contemporaries.
"This is one of those discs that is a joy to review and possess."
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"Patrice Michaels Bedi is an intelligent and musical singer, with a voice that is light, rich, and flexible. Her diction is excellent, her tone warm, ingratiating and wonderfully even throughout the registers."