Lynne Dawson reviews
"Lynne Dawson proclaims her distinction as a Handel singer – if anyone doubted it – in the opening moments of this CD: Alcina’s aria, where her full, warm and intensely musical voice floats over the orchestra so appealingly. She has the grand manner necessary for this piece but also the delicacy of nuance to make the music saymuch more than the mere notes indicate."
My Personal Handel Collection
Gramophone, June 2003, Stanley Sadie
"Dawson seems to me a total and absolute success - indeed the star of the show. . ."
Gramophone magazine "The best thing about Harmonia Mundi's new recording...is the singing of Lynne Dawson in the title role; sensitive as ever, she clearly cherishes the riches Mozart showered on the heroine."
Simon Trezise, Opera Now, May/June 1998
"The disc would be worth its price simply for Lynne Dawson's account of a number from the almost unknown Ascanio in Alba: three minutes of the most ravishing Mozart singing imaginable."
Classic FM Magazine, August 1998
"Lynne Dawson enters, with an arietta of graceful beauty, celebrating her love - it's sung here spaciously, with some beautifully rich and floated tone, its lines subtly and sensuously moulded. Dawson seems to me a total and absolute success, indeed the star of the show - and perhaps the leading Handel soprano today. In Act 2 where Ginevra finds herself inexplicably rejected and condemned by everyone, Dawson brings real depth of tone and feeling to her E minor lament "Il mio crudel martoro"; in the final act she shines in the desolate miniature "Io ti bacio" and brings much fire to the outburst "Si, morro". But she never transgresses the canons of baroque style."
Handel Ariodante - Les Musiciens du Louvre/
Marc Minkowski. DG Archiv
S. Sadie, Gramophone, February 1998