" ...Haydn's Symphony No. 59 ("Fire") and Mozart's Symphony No. 40 flanked arias by the latter in incandescent performances featuring soprano Amanda Forsythe. Remember her name; she should be a vocal star of coming decades. Forsythe made a major impression several seasons ago with Apollo's Fire in Handel's "Messiah," but she was even more riveting on this occasion. Her supple lyric soprano is an ideal instrument to lift Mozart to the skies. She makes words and emotions tell. No cascade of florid writing eludes her vocal grasp...Forsythe so infused each aria with requisite expressive nuances...In "Zeffiretti lusinghieri," she shaped lines as a series of arching statements and added subtle decorations on the repeat. The atmosphere darkened considerably in "Parto, m'affretto," which Forsythe treated as a tour de force of heated passions and coloratura fireworks.

Sorrell and the orchestra, especially the winds, were superb partners in Mozartean crime, and Forsythe was brought back enough times to justify an encore: "Deh, vieni, non tardar" from "The Marriage of Figaro," in which she one day will be an enchanting Susanna."

The Cleveland Plain-Dealer

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