MAGDALENA KOZENA Songs by Dvorák,Martinu 4634722
"A superb recital of songs from a major new vocal talent. Magdalena Kozena's rich but flexible mezzo-soprano finds perfect sympathy in Graham Johnson's idiomatic approach. With ravishingly beautiful singing that defies competition in this repertory, Kozená and Johnson are outstanding evangelists, particularly for Martinů. A must for all lovers of song."
"Though at an age when many singers are still studying, her voice has maturity, depth and flexibility, and her diction is impeccable. ...This magnificent debut recital not only scores by giving us captivating, little-known repertoire: the conviction and exhilarating engagement of its young singer provides abundant evidence that Czech singing is again becoming a force to be reckoned with."
"Repertoire as well as performance make this a particularly satisfying choice. The great gift of her singing at present is the exceptional beauty of her voice, rich, firmly placed, ample in power and range, and now in its freshest bloom. For many, these songs and this singer will be among the year's most welcome discoveries."
CD of the Week: This is a disc to treasure . . . the most obvious connecting tissues are Kozená's overriding artistry and her command of language . . . a worthy successor to Kozená's all-Czech debut disc.