On October 4th, Deutsche Grammophon will release the debut album of young German lyric soprano Mojca Erdmann. Entitled Mozart’s Garden, Erdmann showcases her “spirited, impeccably tuned soprano” (Gramophone) in an album that sheds new light on Mozart’s universal genius. Erdmann is joined by worthy colleagues: Andrea Marcon and the period instrumentalists of La Cetra Baroque Orchestra Basel.
Mozart’s Garden is an album that avoids the well-worn paths of the standard repertory and introduces listeners to arias from the early-Classical and Classical periods combining a variety of Mozart’s best loved arias with cannily chosen works by his contemporaries such as J. C. Bach, Holzbauer, Paisiello.
“Mozart has accompanied me all my life,” Erdmann says. “For me there is nothing to beat singing Mozart. You know exactly how it should sound, but it’s insanely difficult to achieve this.”
No one listening to Mojca Erdmann’s singing would suspect that she finds Mozart difficult. Her astonishing combination of technical mastery, tonal beauty and consummate expression is ideally suited to it and impressive proof of what Mozart singing can be like today. She enchants her listeners not just with the remarkably flexible and bell-like tone of her voice itself but also with the unconcealed emotionality of her singing: “Mozart goes straight to my heart,” she admits. “That may sound a little dramatic, but that’s how it is. He touches something deep inside me, and sometimes the tears come unbidden to my eyes. It’s impossible to say why this should be so, but this magic may well be the secret of his success.”