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5 stars in The Guardian

Elizabeth’s recent Wigmore Hall concert has been reviewed with 5 stars in The Guardian:

“Last-minute substitutions for an absentee artist can, on occasion, cause a sensation, and anyone who heard this recital, in which Elizabeth Watts replaced Dorothea Röschmann to join Christopher Maltman and Roger Vignoles for an all-Strauss programme, is unlikely to forget it. Watts, winner of the lieder prize at Cardiff Singer of the World in 2007, is already a major artist. But this struck me as marking a transformation from a good singer into a great one, as well as allowing us to hear her in music she seems to have been born to sing.”

Click here to read the full review on The Guardian website

Brahms Requiem, RFH, April 2009

“After the interval came Brahms’s German Requiem. It’s fashionable to argue that the piece works best done swiftly and on a small-scale. This, however, was big, slow and overwhelming. The choral singing was wonderfully intense, and soloists Elizabeth Watts and Stéphane Degout were both outstanding. The long silence at its close, which no one dared fracture with applause, was testament to its impact.”

– Tim Ashley, The Guardian

This is now released as a live recording.