Joyce DiDonato’s latest release on the Warner Classics/Erato label, Joyce & Tony: Live at Wigmore Hall, has been nominated for a 2016 GRAMMY Award: Best Classical Solo Vocal Album. For more information on the ceremony and winners announcement in February, stay tuned for The GRAMMYs updates online.
“The ebullient personalities, instinctive musicianship and rock-solid technique of mezzo Joyce DiDonato and pianist Antonio Pappano are amply displayed on this two-CD set . . . She and Pappano are wonderfully matched, showing mastery of many musical styles with a range of emotions and a great sense of humor. . .
. . . many pleasures can be found on the second CD, especially when the artists have the courage to give their “takes” on familiar standards. There is great singing and playing in Kern’s “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man,” Rodgers’s “My Funny Valentine” and especially “Over the Rainbow,” all infused with a sound and style specific to the personalities of these artists. These songs have clearly been approached as if they were being sung for the first time, and the result is moving and refreshing . . . it’s so enjoyable that you’ll long for more.”
Henson Keys – Opera News