HERE/AFTER — Camille Claudel: Into the Fire — Joyce DiDonato and the Alexander String QuartetSan Francisco Classical Voice has a new review for the Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer release here/after: songs of lost voices, which features the Alexander String Quartet and Joyce DiDonato performing Camille Claudel: Into the Fire.

“Heggie certainly knows the strengths of his artists. The beautiful cycle about sculptress Camille Claudel, recorded six months after its premiere, reveals how more nuanced and deeply felt DiDonato’s interpretation has grown with the passage of time. Its third movement, “Shakuntala,” manages to showcase her rare coloratura facility and perfect trills without once sounding showy. The pathos of ‘La Petite Châtelaine’ is profoundly moving, thanks in part to the tremolo strings of the Alexanders. All forces excel in “The Gossips,” where the quartet’s churning strings speak volumes. …it’s likely you’ll hit “repeat,” because repeated listening is what you’ll most likely do when savoring the depth and mystery of these wonderful works.” —Jason Victor Serinus, San Francisco Classical Voice

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