Anna Prohaska possesses a beautiful voice, perfect technique, interpretive originality, and genuine charisma and character.
Singing Baroque arias by Cavalli, Handel, Monteverdi, Morley, Purcell, and Vivaldi – Anna Prohaska vividly brings life to all the fairy-like characters who inhabit this extraordinary music. Favoured by such maestri as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, and Pierre Boulez – Anna Prohaska, with Enchanted Forest, demonstrates a mature mastery of coloratura and cantilena singing.
“superlative backing from Jonathan Cohen’s instrumental group Arcangelo. In a programme ranging from Monteverdi to Handel the plus points are delicate tone, exuberant ornamentation and echo effects in a wonderful Cavalli aria. But her English consonants don’t have enough bite in Purcell and her mannered glissandi need ruthless suppression.” The Times, 16th March 2013 ***
“Arcangelo's instrumental playing is reliably interesting, sometimes too interesting (Jonathan Cohen is not a 'less is more' director)...Prohaska's real talent is for the the earthy, wordy, rhythmically and emotionally multivalent declamations of Cavalli and Monteverdi...Lamento della ninfa is the standout performance, brilliantly characterised by Prohaska...this is more like an opera compressed into mere minutes.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2013 ****
“She's wonderful in 17th-century music, spinning out the lines of a Purcell chaconne and negotiating Cavalli's recitatives-cum-ariosos with impeccable understanding and style. When she turns to Handel and Vivaldi, however, the sensitivity of her singing gives way to a heavyweight athleticism, and the results are altogether less appealing. Arcangelo under Jonathan Cohen are breathtaking throughout.” The Guardian, 11th April 2013 ***
“Prohaska has a strong-centred voice with a slightly dark colouring which is striking in itself...the more outgoing and technically demanding Handel and Vivaldi arias certainly come off effectively, with Prohaska's sometimes unconventional ornamentation adding a characterful twist” Gramophone Magazine, May 2013
“All is cleanly articulated in rapid motion, whether long runs or intricate vocal curlicues...Arcangelo and Cohen augments one's pleasure.” International Record Review, June 2013
“there’s no doubting the beautiful quality of the singing and the high quality of the accompaniment, but there’s sometimes too little sense of differentiation among the different roles...I don’t wish to make it a major issue, however; the singing is as enchanting as the CD’s title suggest.” MusicWeb International, 22nd September 2013