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Strauss’s Four Last Songs and Wagner’s “Mild und leise” from Tristan und Isolde with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda

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“Toronto-based soprano Adrianne Pieczonka [sang with] exceedingly warm tone and near perfect diction. We are lucky to have her…Wagner’s famous “Prelude und Liebestod” from the opera Tristan und Isolde was another lush treat of the evening. Though Noseda took the tempo painfully slow, the velveteen music helped Pieczonka’s wide-open vowels envelope the space.” (Toronto Star, 12 March 2015)

“Noseda & Pieczonka gave us a very subtle reading of Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs… Frühling was a reading of subtle mystery with a marked delicacy to Pieczonka’s sound. Even ascending to her high B she was floating her sound against a shimmering orchestral backdrop, her sound easily heard but wonderfully restrained. For September the voice emerged from the orchestra like a jewel against velvet. A fuller sound opened Beim Schlafengehen, leading us to Jonathan Crow’s magisterial solo, ascending like the soul itself, followed confidently by the soprano’s voice. She did not push out the last notes as some do – “zu leben”—but thoughtfully intoned them, seeming to be moved (I am sure I saw her dab her eye at this point, at which point I lost it).” (Barczablog, 13 March 2015)