Coloratura soprano is a phenomenon where there are no half-way marks. Either the singer is wonderful, or it doesn't work. The young German soprano Christiane Karge has all that it takes, and shows us in her release of arias by Mozart, Gluck and Gretry, Amoretti (Berlin Classics 0300389BC).
The disk is made doubly interesting by the inclusion of arias from early Mozart works, the nearly forgotten Gretry and some choice Gluck, including three premiere recordings.
The orchestra Arcangelo under Jonathan Cohen sounds just fine, but of course this is Ms. Karg's day in the sun, and she responds accordingly. Her voice is a wonder. No matter the mood of the aria, she responds with convincing dramatic inflection, a vibrant, angelic tone, and perfectly nuanced phrasing.
It is clear that Christiane Karg is headed for stardom in vocal circles. This recital catches her in great form, doing music I am very glad to hear. Bravo!