Pure Diva is a recital by Cheryl Barker (a tribute to Joan Hammond, an Australian singer). Her program is arias by Tchaikovsky (Yevgeny Onegin), Verdi Otello: (Willow Song and Ave Maria), Don Carlos: (Tu che la vanità), Dvořák (Roussalka, Song to the Moon), Korngold (Die Tote Stadt, Marietta’s Lied), Offenbach (Les contes d’Hoffmann, Elle a fuí…) Purcell (Dido and Aeneas, When I am laid in earth) and four songs accompanied by piano (hybrid SACD 301129). The Tchaikovsky and particularly the Dvořák, are very beautiful music........... The disc sounds wonderful.
The same orchestra and conductor are featured on a disc featuring ballet music from Saint-Saëns operas. ......... The performances are excellent, and sound magnificent.