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Described by Gramophone Magazine as ‘ one of the best of our younger baritones' William Berger makes his Linn debut with a programme of arias from some of the finest operatic composers.
Soprano Carolyn Sampson guest stars on several duets whilst the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, which has won several awards for its performances of Mozart, provides sterling support throughout. Following a 2012 performance by Berger, the SCO and McGegan, The Herald commented that Cimarosa's 1792 cantata Il Maestro di Capello would be ‘a highlight of [the] upcoming Linn disc this team is making.'
The programme encompasses arias from all of Haydn and Mozart's best-loved operas; Berger's stage portrayal of Papageno was praised by The Arts Desk: ‘Berger is also a deft, musicianly baritone, and a communicator who has the audience eating out of his hand.'
Berger's debut album was chosen by Guardian critics as one of the ‘Best Classical Albums of 2012' and by David Mellor as his ‘Album of the Week' on Classic FM.
4 stars - '...a discreetly sexy disc, engagingly witty and stylish, and, for the most part, cleverly put together...Haydn's wide-ranging arias show off Berger's coloratura and the beauty of his upper registers to perfection.' The Guardian
4 stars - '...affectionate characterisation.' Scotland on Sunday
'Here on his first disc for Linn Records William Berger offers an extremely attractive selection of 18th century operatic arias, and four duets featuring the soprano Carolyn Sampson... Berger's agile, lyrical high baritone is impressive, with top notes almost tenorially easy.' BBC Music Magazine